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The Blacksmith (1922)

Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results.

Directors:

Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal. St. Clair)

Writers:

Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal. St. Clair)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Blacksmith's Assistant (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

Buster clowns around in a blacksmith's shop until he and the smithy get in a fight which sends the smithy to jail. Buster helps several customers with horses, then destroys a Rolls Royce while fixing the car parked next to it. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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...and the muscles of his brawny arms, were as strong as rubber bands.

Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El herrero See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Early Keaton solo film is still funny almost 100 years later
27 March 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This film bears a strong resemblance to the Keaton/Arbuckle collaboration "The Garage". Here Keaton is the somewhat inept assistant to a bully (Big Joe Roberts) in a garage where he works as a combination blacksmith and auto mechanic. Ordinary props and tools of the trade become instruments of mischief and mayhem, along with some not-so-ordinary devices of Buster's own design.

During this short film he completely wrecks a new Rolls Royce, a car that retailed for ten thousand dollars back in the early 20's. Did the Keaton Studios have the budget for the destruction of such a vehicle? Some have conjectured that this might have been the Rolls Royce that Keaton received as a wedding present from his brother-in-law and benefactor, Joe Schenck. Also conjectured is that the scene where he is shoeing a horse and equating it with trying to sell shoes to a finicky female customer could have been a dig at his new wife's excessive clothes shopping. This film was made about a year after his marriage to Natalie Talmadge - a marriage that even started out on very rocky ground, and these would have been the kind of passive-aggressive stunts that Keaton was well known for.

I'd recommend it.


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