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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.


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


Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton), Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)
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Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)


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!


Comedy | Short | Family


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Did You Know?


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 »


Buster lands on his back in the water after crossing the stream, but he is dry a moment later when he encounters Sybil. See more »


Farmhand: [to the dog] Friends?
[shakes the dog's paw]
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Referenced in I Can Hardly Wait (1943) See more »

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Athletic Keaton has scenes stolen -- by a dog
26 April 2015 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Buster Keaton was one of the greatest motion picture performers in the history of motion pictures.

One reason was his athleticism, allowing him to do hilarious stunts, and his timing, as exemplified in "The General," and his dead-pan face that still portrayed an emotion.

In this short film, he uses all of those skills and abilities and still gets upstaged by Luke the Dog for much of the movie.

His female co-star is as cute as anyone could be, and we could only wish she had been around even longer.

Al St. John, later known as "Fuzzy," is here, uncredited, very briefly, and a "pastor" is not given his real name even here at IMDb, which is quite unusual.

Buster Keaton was always great, and sometimes, in fact often in his talkies, was greater than his script.

Here, he was star, co-director and co-writer, and everything came together very well.

I saw this in a TCM Sunday Night Silent, and am grateful to that network, which has, I'm sad to say, deteriorated in quality in recent months, showing an awful lot of very non-classic movies. TCM begins to redeem itself, though, with such films as "The Scarecrow." I recommend "The Scarecrow," and hope you get to see it next time it plays.

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Release Date:

22 December 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buster Keatons Trauung mit Hindernissen See more »

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(1995 Film Preservation print) | (original)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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