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Convict 13 (1920)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Crime | 27 October 1920 (USA)
A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Golfer Turned Prisoner, Guard
Sybil Seely Sybil Seely ... Socialite, Warden's Daughter
Joe Roberts ... The Crazed Prisoner
Edward F. Cline ... Hangman
Joe Keaton ... Prisoner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Buster is playing golf with Sybil when he gets knocked out. An escaped prisoner changes clothes with him. Buster goes to prison and learns that he is to be hanged. He changes clothes with a guard just as prisoner Roberts attacks all the guards. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Crime

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Quotes

Hangman: [to the disappointed convicts, after the hanging goes wrong] Sorry, boys. We'll fix it and tomorrow we'll hang two of you to make up for this.
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Unrefined, But Good Fun
3 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"Convict 13" is an unrefined but fun short comedy, much less carefully made than Keaton's later films, but still having many good moments. Buster gets a couple of good opportunities to display his athleticism, and Joe Roberts also helps out with some funny moments.

The story starts with a silly mix-up that gets Buster tossed in jail. From there on, he gets involved in a series of antics, mostly improbable, but a very good set-up for physical humor. It has a good combination of slapstick, stunts, and chases, with some of the kind of material common to films of the 1910's plus some distinctive Keaton material. (There are also couple of good gags of the more morbid type that you'd expect from someone like Alfred Hitchcock.)

It might be of interest mainly to those who are already Keaton fans, but it's pretty funny, and well worth watching.


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27 October 1920 (USA) See more »

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