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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.


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Willie McKay - 21 Years Old
Virginia Canfield
Joseph Canfield
Canfield's 1st Son (as Ralph Bushman)
Monte Collins ...
The Parson
Canfield's 2nd Son
The Engineer
Kitty Bradbury ...
The Aunt
Willie McKay - 1 Year Old
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erwin Connelly ...
Husband Quarreling with Wife (uncredited)
John McKay (uncredited)
Sam Gardner (uncredited)
Jean Dumas ...
Mrs. McKay (uncredited)
James Canfield (uncredited)
George Marion ...
Traffic Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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

Written by

Jean C. Havez ... (story) (as Jean Havez) &
Clyde Bruckman ... (story) and
Joseph A. Mitchell ... (story) (as Joseph Mitchell)
Clyde Bruckman ... (scenario) (uncredited)
Clyde Bruckman ... (titles) (uncredited)
Jean C. Havez ... (scenario) (uncredited)
Jean C. Havez ... (titles) (uncredited)
Joseph A. Mitchell ... (scenario) (uncredited)
Joseph A. Mitchell ... (titles) (uncredited)

Produced by

Joseph M. Schenck ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Carl Davis ... (1984)

Cinematography by

Gordon Jennings ... (photography)
Elgin Lessley ... (photography)

Editorial Department

D.C. Cardinali ... colorist: remastered hd version: new version (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Fred Gabourie ... (as Fred Gaubori)

Costume Design by

Walter J. Israel ... (costumes) (as Walter Isreal)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Harry Roselotte ... assistant director (uncredited)


Chick Collins ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Buster Keaton ... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie Orsatti ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Denver Harmon ... lighting / electrician (uncredited)

Music Department

Donald Hunsberger ... score compiler
David Cullen ... orchestrator: Carl Davis (uncredited)

Other crew

Joseph M. Schenck ... presenter
Fred Gabourie ... technical director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The Big Laugh of 1924. (original print ad) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les lois de l'hospitalité (France)
  • Bei mir - Niagara (Germany)
  • Die verflixte Gastfreundschaft (Germany)
  • La ley de la hospitalidad (Spain)
  • Vieraanvaraisuutta (Finland)
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  • 65 min
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Trivia During the filming of the scene in which Buster Keaton is being swept downstream towards the waterfall, he was attached to a 'holdback' cable, concealed in the river. During the filming of the scene, the cable broke, and he was hurled down the rapids, battered by rocks and limbs, and was only barely able to grab an overhanging branch, which held him just long enough for the crew to reach and rescue him. This scene remains in the final print, and is fairly easy to spot. Just look for the point at which Keaton is being pulled downriver and 1) he suddenly looks back towards the camera, and 2) his speed in the water doubles, almost causing him to fly out of frame. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Golden Age of Buster Keaton (1975). See more »
Quotes Joseph Canfield: Jim - I've been trying to forget this fued-why can't you do the same?
James Canfield: No! - I came a long way to kill him-and I'm going to do it tonight!
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