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The Goat (1921)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 15 May 1921 (USA)
A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy.


Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal. St. Clair)


Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal. St. Clair)




Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... The Goat
Virginia Fox Virginia Fox ... The Police Chief's Daughter
Joe Roberts ... Police Chief
Malcolm St. Clair ... Dead Shot Dan (as Mal St. Clair)


After missing out on a fresh loaf of bread, down-on-his-luck, Buster, finds himself pursued by three policemen hot on his trail. However, to make matters worse, just when the lawless murderer, Dead Shot Dan, is about to have his mug shot taken, an innocent but fatal mistake will put a price on Buster's head. Now, with a "Dead or Alive" poster all over town, Buster will seek refuge in beautiful and sympathetic Virginia's home, only to come face to face with his worst fear. Will innocent Buster ever get off the hook? Written by Nick Riganas

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The Inimitable Mirth Maker BUSTER KEATON Mixed Up in a Battle of Fun and Acrobatics IN "THE GOAT" (Print Ad-Syracuse Journal, ((Syracuse, NY)) 1 October 1921)


Comedy | Short


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The film was restored in 2015 through Lobster Films, a process partially funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. See more »


Referenced in Day Dreams and the Problems of Missing Film (2011) See more »

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No Real Story, Just Buster Showing His Talent
3 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Not all, but most of this story is Buster being mistaken for "Dead Shot Dan," a notorious criminal.

There really is no story, just a series of adventures to show off Buster's physical talents, which are amazing, and his comedic timing. The 27-minute film is basically one adventure after the other mostly involving someone chasing our hero.

Earlier, it's a couple of policemen on their beats racing through the streets after Keaton and later it's "Big Joe" Roberts, a rotund cop - and father a girl Buster is interested in - who chases him. Those latter scenes were the best I thought, with a lot of clever gags involving the hotel elevator where Big Joe and his daughter live. That was Keaton at his best.

It's just a madcap half hour that makes little sense, but cares? It's Buster at his slapstick best, or near it, and so it serves its purpose: to entertain us. Just think: 85 years after this film was made there are people (like me) still discovering and enjoying these silent comedy classics! Cool!

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15 May 1921 (USA) See more »

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