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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 ... The Neighbor's Husband
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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Buster Keaton burns a hot trail through "The Frozen North". See more »

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

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film and the Ruth Roland serial The Timber Queen (1922) were neighboring productions in Truckee, California, in early 1922. A gag photo exists showing Ruth and Buster, wrapped in furs, sitting together on a dog sled with Ruth holding the reins. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965) See more »

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One Odd Buster Keaton Film
7 December 2015 | by SenjoorMuttSee all my reviews

Though this film includes some nice gags and cartoonish action like all the rest Buster Keaton's films, but 'The Frozen North' is more notable for Buster playing a bad guy. At the beginning of the movie we see Buster emerge from Subay Exit in the middle of the snowy fields of Alaska. Then he proceeds to rob a gambling house, shooting a couple because he mistakes the woman to be his wife, and pursues to chase the beautiful married woman next door.

'The Frozen North' was meant to be mockery of western of that era, especially those of William S. Hart, very popular movie star who didn't like Keaton's take of his characters. Keaton also briefly parodies Erich von Stroheim's womanizing character from 'Foolish Wives'.

As this film is not the funniest or best work of Keaton, it's still fun enough to see. Especially if you are early silent cinema aficionado.


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