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The Frozen North (1922)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy, Western | 28 August 1922 (USA)
Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama.


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


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




Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... The Bad Man
Joe Roberts ... The Driver
Sybil Seely Sybil Seely ... The Wife
Bonnie Hill Bonnie Hill ... The Pretty Neighbor
Freeman Wood ... The Neighbor's Husband
Edward F. Cline ... The Janitor


This satirical parody of William S. Hart's melodramatic films finds Buster in the frozen north, "last stop on the subway." He uses a wanted poster as his partner in robbing a gambling house. When he thinks he spies his wife making love to another man he shoots them both only to learn it isn't his cabin after all. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He's the worst "bad man" you ever saw, till he gets cold feet. See more »


Short | Comedy | Western


Unrated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Buster Keaton actually satirizes two of his famous contemporaries in this short: William S. Hart, of course, but also Erich von Stroheim. Near the end of the film, his female "victim" briefly visualizes Keaton dressed in the kind of elaborate, middle-European dress uniform (complete with monocle) favored by Von Stroheim during his "man-you-love-to-hate" phase. See more »


Knife is pulled twice on The Bad Man in the fight at the end of the film. See more »


Spoofs Foolish Wives (1922) See more »

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the only mean-spirited movie Keaton ever made
30 October 1998 | by bustermSee all my reviews

I read recently that this was supposed to be a satire of someone else's movies (I can't remember the actor's name that Keaton is satirizing), but even knowing that, it's a shocker. The one thing you can always count on in Keaton's movies is an underlying sweet-naturedness (unlike Chaplin, who expresses a lot of anger in his comedies). I wish he hadn't made it, because by now, the movies he's referring to are forgotten, and we don't get the point. All his other movies are about universal human experiences, and will always be understood by any audience, anywhere.

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Release Date:

28 August 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fagyos észak See more »

Filming Locations:

Truckee, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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