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One Week (1920)

A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering.


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


Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... The Groom
Sybil Seely Sybil Seely ... The Bride


Buster and Sybil exit a chapel as newlyweds. Among the gifts is a portable house you easily put together in one week. It doesn't help that Buster's rival for Sybil switches the numbers on the crates containing the house parts. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Fatty Arbuckle SAYS THAT Buster Keaton in "One Week" IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST COMEDIES HE EVER SAW (Print Ad- Nevada Daily Mail ((Nevada, Mo.)) 9 October 1920) See more »


Short | Comedy


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After two more appearances in Buster Keaton's shorts, Sybil Seely was replaced as leading lady by Virginia Fox. However, Buster asked her back for The Boat (1921) with the idea of combining it with this film into a four reel-feature, but it never came to pass. See more »


The directions to the house explain it should be constructed according to the numbers of the crates; but Buster already has the walls up when Handy Hank changes the number on crate 1. See more »


The Bride: Now look at the darned thing!
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One of Keaton's most visually stunning and fun films
14 August 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was remade with sound and with different actors in the early 1930s and was entitled A PUT UP JOB--though the results weren't quite as wonderful as this thoroughly enjoyable Keaton short. Oddly, the remake is NOT listed on IMDb, but I just recently saw it on a DVD called "The Paramount Comedy Shorts 1929 - 1933 - Cavalcade of Comedy (1929) ".

The Keaton film is jam-packed with great stunts, cute scenes and the most amazing set you'll ever see! Buster and his girl get married. They are given a plot of land and a house kit as a wedding present. However, the man who wanted to marry Buster's sweetie is mad and wants revenge. So, he changes the numbers on the directions and Buster puts up the house anyway--even though it looks like an absolute joke, he doesn't seem to notice.

You really have to see the house--especially when a storm hits--it's a very funny and incredible scene. Later, it turns out they built the house on the wrong lot--leading to yet another even more spectacular scene. Rarely in a short do you see so much money spent on sets and setting up wonderful jokes. A sweet and hilarious film.

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Release Date:

29 August 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Semana See more »

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(TCM Print) | (1995 Film Preservation print)

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1.33 : 1
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