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The Paleface (1922)

Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Little Chief Paleface
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Storyline

Evil oil barons have given the Indians one day to vacate their land. The Indian chief tells his braves to kill the first white man they see. Buster shows up chasing a butterfly. Later he keeps moving the stake to which he is tied and at which he is to be burned. He becomes one of the tribe and helps them with their fight. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He makes big Indian chief present of an oil well, and Indian makes oil can out of Buster (Print Ad- Evening Capitol, ((Annapolis. Md.)) 11 March 1922)

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was restored in 2015 through Lobster Films, a process partially funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. See more »

Goofs

On the handwritten note, the land shark's name is "J.C. Hunt" but on the office door, it's "D.J. Hunt". See more »

Quotes

Little Chief Paleface: Me like Indian squab.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on the American Movie Classics channel was copyrighted in 1968 by Leopold Friedman and Raymond Rohauer. It had an uncredited music soundtrack and ran 21 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Great Buster (2018) See more »

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Pretty Good Short Comedy
31 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

While this is only an average comedy by Keaton's standards, it's still pretty good by most other measures. It does not have the vast wealth of inventive material found in Keaton's best short features, but it has plenty of slapstick and good gags, with some chases thrown in.

The story concerns Buster encountering a tribe of Indians who have been swindled out of their land by an oil company, and who are ready to take it out on the first outsider to enter their village. The Indians are portrayed in an occasionally silly but definitely sympathetic light. The funniest moments probably come in the earliest confrontations between Buster and the Indians.

This one is probably of interest primarily to those who are already Keaton fans, but at that it's pretty good.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

15 January 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blekansiktet See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) (2016)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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