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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.

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 ... The Bad Man
Joe Roberts ... The Driver
Sybil Seely Sybil Seely ... The Wife
Bonnie Hill Bonnie Hill ... The Pretty Neighbor
Freeman Wood Freeman Wood ... The Neighbor's Husband
Edward F. Cline Edward F. Cline ... The Janitor
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Storyline

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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His life was in danger-a gang of Alaskan roughnecks were bent on a shooting frolic-but Buster chased them into the snow and they got cold feet.

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fagyos észak See more »

Filming Locations:

Truckee, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was an implied insult to William S. Hart, who released public statements against Buster Keaton's friend Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle during his arrest and subsequent trial. Hart refused to talk to Keaton for many years after the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Spoofs Foolish Wives (1922) See more »

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Darker and Drier
6 February 2006 | by Polaris_DiBSee all my reviews

I saw the Kino Video transfer of this which came with an introduction that explained that it was incomplete and that most of it is pretty much destroyed. So I didn't really get the whole short, but what I did get I shall comment on.

The plot, as it were, is hard to connect because of the missing pieces, but in general it involves Keaton as a very different character than most of his films: this time, as a daringly evil but tragically incompetent ... somebody... that goes around shooting people and chasing women when he's not falling through snow and into frozen lakes. It's quite darker and drier than most of his stuff, as the concrete-faced Keaton goes along shooting and killing person after person... definitely not his usual stuff.

I liked the parodies and take-offs he did in this. It was quite funny, the little pokes at melodrama from Hart's work and so on. However, I'd still like to see a complete copy so that I could get an idea on how this movie flows.

--PolarisDiB


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