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Our Hospitality (1923)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | 19 November 1923 (USA)
A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.

Directors:

John G. Blystone (as Jack Blystone), Buster Keaton

Writers:

Jean C. Havez (story) (as Jean Havez), Clyde Bruckman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Willie McKay - 21 Years Old
Natalie Talmadge ... Virginia Canfield
Joe Roberts ... Joseph Canfield
Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Canfield's 1st Son (as Ralph Bushman)
Monte Collins Monte Collins ... The Parson
Craig Ward Craig Ward ... Canfield's 2nd Son
Joe Keaton ... The Engineer
Kitty Bradbury Kitty Bradbury ... The Aunt
Buster Keaton Jr. ... Willie McKay - 1 Year Old
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Storyline

After her husband John McKay is killed in an ongoing feud with the Canfield family, a woman takes her baby boy Willie to her sister's house in New York hoping he will never know of the feud with the Canfields. Twenty years later Willie is a grown man and he receives a letter saying he has inherited his father's estate and must travel to his family home to take possession. On the train there he meets a beautiful young woman and falls in love only to learn that she's a Canfield. He accepts her invitation to dinner and quickly realizes that the Canfield men won't kill him while he's in their home. His plan to stay there as a permanent guest is short-lived and the Canfields are soon after him. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ley de la hospitalidad See more »

Filming Locations:

Truckee River, California, USA

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1995 alternate) | (copy with French titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The climactic waterfall rescue scenes were filmed on a set built over the swimming pool on the Keaton lot. Production stills kept secret until decades after the film was released show the entire set, including the miniature valley constructed below the pool for the long overlooking shots. See more »

Goofs

When the donkey refuses to move from the rail tracks, the engineer and others curve the tracks around him. The long shot that shows the train moving past the donkey, however, shows the tracks back in a straight line. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1995, Film Preservation Associates, Inc. copyrighted a 73-minute version of this film with a music score compiled by Donald Hunsberger. See more »

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Referenced in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) See more »

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Excellent fun
18 November 2004 | by PiranianRoseSee all my reviews

Our Hospitality is truly a work of art from the silent era. Buster Keaton amazed me with his stunts, which I dare say do not pale in comparison with those of Jackie Chan. The story is filled with wit and suspense. At times you laugh, at times you gasp, at times the world trembles as Keaton delivers death-defying stunts. This is one of the first silent movies I watched in its entirety, and I was thoroughly impressed with the film-making quality. While I wouldn't go as far as to prefer silent movies over their contemporary sound counterpart, I like how soundless movies invite you to pay particular attention to the facial expression--it's all there in the actor's face. I personally prefer Our Hospitality to Keaton's acclaimed "The General."


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