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Go West (1925)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Western | 1 November 1925 (USA)
With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast.

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Buster Keaton

Writers:

Buster Keaton, Lex Neal (assistant writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Howard Truesdale ... Owner of the Diamond Bar Ranch
Kathleen Myers ... His Daughter
Ray Thompson Ray Thompson ... The Foreman
Brown Eyes Brown Eyes ... Herself
Buster Keaton ... Friendless
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Storyline

A young man who doesn't find a job in his small hometown, tries his luck in New York, but is overwelmed by the life of the city, so decides to try his luck somewhere else after a only a few minutes in New York. He falls off a train near a ranch, where he tries his luck as a cowbowy, being in his own way very sucessful. But he shows what he can do when the farm has to bring a 100 head of cattle to the slaughterhouses of Los Angeles to avoid going bankrupt, against the will of his neighbour who wants a better price. After a shoot-out with the neighbour's men he's the only person on a Los Angeles bound train with 1000 cows.... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Come with Buster out into the vast open spaces where men are men and cows are their only lady friends. See him chaperone a thousand wild steers in a big City- and a thousand and one excruciatingly funny scenes! A METRO-GOLDWYN SPECIAL. (Print ad-Sunday Mail, ((Brisbane, Qld.)) 5 December 1926)

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf in den Westen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Buster Keaton Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In order to achieve comic chemistry between human and animal, Keaton personally trained the bovine performer. During the shooting of Go West, production ground to a halt for two weeks when Brown Eyes went into heat. However, she gets a credit in the movie and even got a salary for her acting - $13 a week. See more »

Goofs

When the girl summons Buster and the cowboy to tend to her splinter, Buster is standing to the cowboy's right. When they arrive, Buster is on his left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
General store owner: [to Friendless] I'll give you a dollar sixty five for the whole business.
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A surprising treasure
7 September 2009 | by ChrissieSee all my reviews

Though it's not a masterwork like "The General", "Go West" perhaps has more heart than any other Keaton film.

"Friendless" Buster, after being literally downtrodden in the big city, heads West, where he finds friendship in the most unlikely of leading ladies: an equally forsaken little cow named Brown Eyes. Keaton manages to make this implausible relationship believable, which it has to be, since the logic of the film hinges on it. Pulling off this cinematic magic displays a new and surprising side of Keaton's virtuosity as an actor and director.

I'd not recommend "Go West" as a starter film for those not already familiar with Buster Keaton, but it's a delightful, poignant and funny piece of work.


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