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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.

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cabra See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Referenced in The Legend of Zorro (2005) See more »

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Shakespeare, Mozart, Picasso, Keaton
29 January 2000 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

A simple contrivance--the Great Stone Face is mistaken for an escaped mass murderer--gives Buster Keaton room for changes rung on a theme that will make your jaw hang. The amazing thing here is the protean story invention--Keaton uses an offhand set-up to generate every kind of reversed-expectation gag. He shortens, elongates, and crash-dives out of left field every expected joke. The astonishment here is the surrealist freeness with storytelling, not just the masterly composition and choreography. THE GOAT feels as gaily, cartwheelingly modern as UN CHIEN ANDALOU. And more than even some revered Keaton features, it's a masterpiece of invention.


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