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
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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 cuts the rope men are using to lift a safe, but after the safe falls, the rope attached to the safe is too short to have reached the men who were pulling on it. 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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A down on his luck and depressed Buster Keaton tries to commit suicide but even has hard luck at that. This is probably my favorite Keaton short and while a few of the jokes don't work the majority of them are right on the money and hilarious. There are countless memorable scenes here including the attempt to hang himself, jumping in front of the "car" and the wonderful stunts with the horse towards the end. This was my first time watching the complete version of this, which shows what happens when Keaton jumps off the high dive (it was missing from earlier versions). I had never read or heard what happened in this once lost segment but the wait was certainly worth it because the gag is among the most mind numbing stunts in Keaton's career.
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