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Convict 13 (1920)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 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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Cast

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 Edward F. Cline ... Hangman
Joe Keaton ... Prisoner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise Keaton Louise Keaton
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A 13-as fegyenc See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Title card: Golf - the game that brings out the beast in men.
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Some brilliant gags, but it don't all add up.
14 August 2003 | by Kieran_KenneySee all my reviews

Convict 13 is definetly one of Buster's better shorts. Fatty Arbuckle is rather oddly absent in this one (probably too busy dealing with the Virginia Rappe case at this point), and his presence is greatly missed. He would have added much to this film. There are some brilliant sight gags, like I said, particularely involving the crowd of coppers chasing Buster around and almost every frame of the scenes at the gallows. It was the ending that more or less let me down. I won't reveal it. I just think it was too abrupt and convenient. It was disappointingly unresourceful, compared to the rest of Keaton's work, which is put on display quite nicely in all the other scenes. One of the best moments is in the very beginning and involves a pond and a golf ball and a piece of drift wood (and a golf club used as an oar).


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