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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
Buster's attempt to hang himself fails because the rope isn't tied to the tree limb at all, and he falls flat on the ground. But when the cops come running over, the rope is tied tightly to the tree limb with just enough slack for Buster to stand upright. See more »
Zoo committee member:
Have you ever been connected to any branch of science?
I was once attached to a branch of the zoo...
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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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