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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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2000 FEET OF ROARING LAUGHTER (Print Ad- Buffalo Evening News, ((Buffalo NY)) 9 April 1921)

Genres:

Short | Comedy

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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'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 »

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

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new life
1 February 2019 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

It seems a puzzle. Different pieces together, the genius of Buster Keaton as glue, the unlucky poor man and his adventures. Significant- it is the right expected film. Rediscovered in 1987, it represents new proof of perfect art , in which the gags , performances and adventure are windows to a fascinating creation process and trip across the sensitivity of a time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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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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