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The Scarecrow (1920)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short, Family | 22 December 1920 (USA)
Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

Farmhands Keaton and Roberts share a cottage full of mechanical devices for making life easy. They are rivals for the farmer's daughter. Keaton , disguised as a scarecrow, causes troubles for his rival and the farmer. When Keaton stoops to tie his shoe, the girl accepts what she thinks is his kneeling proposal. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A laugh grenade that bursts into a million laughs!

Genres:

Comedy | Short | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buster Keatons Trauung mit Hindernissen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1995 Film Preservation print) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Buster Keaton's father Joe Keaton plays the role of the farmer. See more »

Goofs

Keaton, being chased by a dog, jumps into a large pile of straw. Shortly after that, there's a noticeable cut because a substantial amount of straw is missing from the middle after the edit. See more »

Quotes

Farmhand: Mad dog!
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Connections

Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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This Scarecrow had the smarts.
7 May 2003 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Story of two farmhand roommates, living in a flat that only Rube Goldberg could have come up with, who are vying for the attention of the farmer's daughter, while Buster's character has to fend off his roommate (Joe Roberts looking very much like Fatty Arbuckle), the girl's father, and father's dog (which actually belonged to Arbuckle). That's pretty much the plot, but the sightgags are what make the short really work. The breakfast scene, with the aforementioned Goldberg setting, is pure genius. A very good production all around and ranks as one of Keaton's best. Rating, based on shorts, 10.


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