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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.


Buster Keaton


Buster Keaton, Lex Neal (assistant writer) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Self
Buster Keaton ... Friendless


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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-the first cow to attain stardom in pictures! Just wait till you see Buster and Brown Eyes, the beautiful cow appearing with him in his greatest comedy hit! (Print Ad-Easton Free Press, ((Easton, Penna.)) 5 January 1926) See more »


Comedy | Western


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This film has a 100% rating based on 10 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
General store owner: [to Friendless] I'll give you a dollar sixty five for the whole business.
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Featured in The Great Buster (2018) See more »

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Underrated Keaton Film
13 July 2000 | by prionboySee all my reviews

Go West is a movie that you seldom hear about and even Keaton did not consider it among his best. However, every time I see it, I cannot help but think that it is one of his funniest and most touching films. In his independent work, Keaton had an amazing ability to portray very unfortunate characters and yet not seem to be pandering to the audience for its pity. In this film, Keaton plays a character referred to as Friendless. The opening scenes of the film show him bouncing around from one unfortunate (and hilarious) situation to another. Yet rather than feel pity for him, the audience can root for this character and good-naturedly laugh at how Friendless reacts to and deals with his misfortunes. It's difficult not to admire the way he overcomes all challenges. When he finds a friend in a cow named Brown Eyes, his loyalty to her and the rancher that employed him precipitates an amazing sequence of events, culminating in an unbelievable cattle stampede through the streets of LA. Although, the scene may drag on a bit, I'll never forget the image of Buster Keaton running down a city street in a red devil's outfit being pursued by a giant herd of cattle. It is one of the most hilariously absurd scenes ever committed to film. There are great gags from beginning to end and, as usual for Keaton, the final sequence is very satisfying. In addition, the Kino release has an outstanding soundtrack which enhances the film considerably. I would highly recommend Go West to anyone as an introduction to Keaton, silent films, or comedies in general.

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1 November 1925 (USA) See more »

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