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Hard Luck (1921)

Strange things ensue after a young man attempts to take his own life.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Suicidal Boy
Virginia Fox Virginia Fox ... Virginia
Joe Roberts ... Lizard Lip Luke
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Storyline

Out of work, Buster tries various ways to commit suicide. At last he tries "poison" from a bottle containing booze. The president of a sporting club speaks of the need for a sportsman to promote the club and drunken Buster gets the job for which he must learn fishing, hunting and riding. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buster Keaton ist nicht totzukriegen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(extant print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was considered to be Buster Keaton's major lost film until it was rediscovered in 1987. The recovered print did not have the final climactic gag; another print with the gag intact was found later on. See more »

Goofs

Buster steps off a curb by a narrow street with no streetcar tracks, into a wide street with an approaching streetcar. See more »

Quotes

Zoo committee member: Have you ever been connected to any branch of science?
Suicidal Boy: I was once attached to a branch of the zoo...
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Connections

Featured in Silent Clowns: Buster Keaton (2006) See more »

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Fun to Watch Even in Fragmented Form
23 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This short comedy only exists now in a fragmented form, which is too bad, but it's still fun to watch. The restoration on Kino video pieces together almost the entire film, with notes to explain the parts that could no longer be found. It has Buster as a despondent victim of "Hard Luck", and combines some good morbid gags with a series of silly adventures. Because what's left is quite choppy, it will best be enjoyed by those who are used to very old films, but it has some good material and a couple of very funny scenes. Most Keaton fans should enjoy it.


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