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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

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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

During the shooting of the climatic waterfall scene, Buster Keaton inhaled so much water that he had to have first aid. See more »

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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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Keaton's Craft
17 January 2001 | by harry-76See all my reviews

"Our Hospitality" displays the skill of Buster Keaton very admirably. After a somewhat slow start in the Prologue and beginning of the Story, the pace picks up and continues to become more and more interesting.

One appreciates the great care Keaton takes in setting up his compositions, noted for their clean lines and balanced geometric planes and forms. Images are nicely stuctured, and one gets a feeling of classically executed set designs, with room to breathe. The lines of the Keaton poems are not extended to the end; rather, room is left for the viewer to fill in phrase endings with personal responses.

This 1923 silent classic holds up quite well, and one notes the remarkable physical stunts Keaton pulls off, in the standard silent era custom of not using a double. The actual comedy comes off best with an audience: the phenemena of group laughter can be infectious, and this film can really take off in a full theater.

The post-added music on the sound track is adequate, while not inspired. To compare Chaplin's supervised score to "Modern Times" with this shows how superior is the Chaplin work.

"Our Hospitality" is a worthy tribute to that enormously creative talent who well earned his legendary status-- Keaton.


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