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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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Buster Keaton burns a hot trail through "The Frozen North". See more »


Short | Comedy | Western


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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Referenced in The Great Buster (2018) See more »

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The Frozen North
11 May 2007 | by rajdoctorSee all my reviews

Amsterdam has this tradition of theatres that invite prominent musicians of the city to play orchestra during an old classic silent movie. I got an invitation from my office friend – Lucy Wilson to watch one of such shows. As never in my life I have seen such a thing, I immediately accepted the invitation. It was a show of three short silent movies (20-25 minutes) of the great Buster Keaton – The Electric House, The Frozen North and One Week.

Buster Keaton started his career as playing Laurel's part in "Laurel and Hardy" series, but soon captured the silent era imagination with great classic silent movies - obviously with reminiscence of Charlie Chaplin style.

The first movie The Electric House – was about a person who by mistake is given a job of an electrician in a house. Buster Keaton innovates and imagines all possible electrical appliances possible in 1920s – more or less we see a lot of them today. Hats off to this genius for his visionary power! The second movie The Frozen North – is about a person who dreams himself as a bad guy of Wild West with a gun on a frozen snow clad landscape. It is a wonderful comic take on what a man can think of doing if given some heroic movie image.

The third movie One Week – is about a newly married couple who get a portable house as a gift and their attempt to assemble it together. The laugh starts when they mix the number of boxes and end up in creating a house that has everything fitted in the most inappropriate way. It was amusing.

I loved all the three movies. This was also my first viewing of Buster Keaton movies and I enjoyed it a lot. Added experience was this live orchestra on organ / piano being played that was in synch with the movie scenes.

Highly recommended movies! (Stars 7.5 out of 10)

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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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