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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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Trivia

The famed breakfast sequence, with everything on strings, was re-created nightly on stage in Vanessa Stewart's play "Stoneface," starring her husband French Stewart as Buster. 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: Set the table.
Farmhand's Roommate: Hurry up! My stomach is as empty as a saloon.
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Very Funny & Inventive
30 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This very funny short comedy is an excellent example of Keaton's amazing inventiveness, and it deserves to be one of his best-remembered short features. The first part is especially good, and has to be seen to be appreciated - it's just Buster and a roommate going about their daily routine in a house filled with wacky gadgets and all kinds of unexpected features. There's a lot of great material, much more than you can catch all at once. It would be hard for the rest of it to live up to the first part, but it is pretty good, too - lots of slapstick and chases, plus the actual "Scarecrow" scene. This one is a bit more piecemeal than most of his comedies, but all of the material is very good. Most fans of silent comedies will really enjoy this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | 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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