A 25 minute sales film featuring Buster Keaton as a prospective home owner in Maryvale, a suburb of Phoenix. A Realtor takes Buster on a tour of some model tract homes and extols their ... See full summary »

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A 25 minute sales film featuring Buster Keaton as a prospective home owner in Maryvale, a suburb of Phoenix. A Realtor takes Buster on a tour of some model tract homes and extols their virtues while Buster is constantly pursuing a sexy-looking blonde. After buying a home, Buster proceeds to wreak havoc in the community. He falls into another resident's pool with a shopping cart full of purchases from S. S. Kresge's, knocks over an unassuming waiter with a bowling ball at the local lanes and tries his hand at being a waiter a ritzy restaurant. The construction of the new hospital and golf course are then discussed, and the films ends with a panoramic view of the model tract homes. Written by Thomas Melvin

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All of the actors and actresses appearing in this with Buster Keaton are nonprofessionals and some of them are employees of the John F. Long Co. See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
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The Home Owner and The Devil to Pay are worth a look for Buster Keaton's presence in them
27 July 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just discovered this rarity-The Home Owner-on the Buster Keaton DVD collection "Industrial Strength Keaton". It has Buster being shown various houses of the John F. Long Company of Maryvale, Arizona, by one Bob Hawk, who also narrates, while many Keaton gags abound. I loved many of Buster's reactions whenever a statuesque blonde walks by. Also hilarious was when he fell into a swimming pool while carrying a shopping cart of groceries and when he caused a waiter to fall after rolling a bowling ball backwards. Incidentally, Long cameos in the last sequence. In summary, The Home Owner was entertaining and informative. Oh, and producer Jack Skirball is probably best known for his involvement in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur and Shadow of a Doubt. The Devil to Pay, on the other hand, while amusing whenever Buster plays the devil, first in costume then in his usual suit with porkpie hat though his tail is still visible initially, is marred a bit whenever the serious stuff about how the wholesaler, which Buster helps get rid of, is important to retailers when dealing with the manufacturers as well as the customers. Still, The Devil to Pay (which isn't listed on IMDb) is worth a look for Buster alone. Ratings: The Home Owner-********, The Devil to Pay-****.


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