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Battling Butler (1926)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 19 September 1926 (USA)
A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves.

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(adapted by: from the 1923 stage success of the same name) (as Paul Gerard Smith), (adapted by: from the 1923 stage success of the same name) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
... Alfred 'Battling' Butler
... Alfred's Valet
... The Mountain Girl
Walter James ... The Moutain Girl's Father
Budd Fine ... The Mountain Girl's Brother (as Bud Fine)
... The Prizefighter
Mary O'Brien ... Battling Butler's Wife
Tom Wilson ... Butler's Trainer
... Butler's Manager
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Alfred's father wants him to make of a man of himself so sends him off on a hunting and fishing trip. He doesn't catch or shoot anything, but he does fall in love with a mountain girl. When her father and brothers laugh at this they are informed that he is Alfred "Battling" Butler, the championship fighter. From there on the masquerade must be maintained. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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19 September 1926 (USA)  »

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Boxe por Amor  »

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$322,071, 31 December 1926
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A rare example of a Buster Keaton movie being based on a stage play. The original ran for 313 performances on Broadway. See more »

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Buster and his valet take the train into "Mountain Girl's" hometown, so that Buster can confess that he's not the new champion; yet when circumstances require that his subterfuge continue, and he leaves to go to train for the fight vs. the Alabama Murderer, they drive away to the training camp in Buster's car. See more »

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The "THE END" test is shown on a boxing bell. See more »

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Indeed!
6 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is kind of a typical Buster Keaton story, except in reverse: the girl comes along earlier in the movie, the men are impressed with him earlier on, everything works out for him earlier on, and then the rest of the movie is him trying to maintain his luck versus trying to get the girl against all the forces of bad luck. It also goes in a couple surprising directions, which are noteworthy.

I notice through the evolution of Keaton's movies that he did more and more acting and less and less physical comedy, with the exception of course of The Saphead, which was his first feature-length that was mostly drama-based, not slapstick-based. By now, 1926, Keaton knows what he's doing and knows where he's going, and thus this is a pretty clean and well-put together movie.

Still, the stuff he does in the training-ring scene is amazingly original and marvelous. When watching this movie, one expects something more along the lines of Chaplin's moment in City Lights, where he dodges around limberly and almost succeeds. Not the case, this was more real and brutal. Marvelous stuff, really, and surprising in its own right.

--PolarisDiB


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