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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)

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Details

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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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 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 »

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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12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hard Luck (1921)

**** (out of 4)

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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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