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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.

Director:

Buster Keaton

Writers:

Paul Girard Smith (adapted by: from the 1923 stage success of the same name) (as Paul Gerard Smith), Al Boasberg (adapted by: from the 1923 stage success of the same name) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Alfred 'Battling' Butler
Snitz Edwards ... Alfred's Valet
Sally O'Neil ... The Mountain Girl
Walter James Walter James ... The Moutain Girl's Father
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... The Mountain Girl's Brother (as Bud Fine)
Francis McDonald ... The Prizefighter
Mary O'Brien Mary O'Brien ... Battling Butler's Wife
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... Butler's Trainer
Eddie Borden ... Butler's Manager
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Storyline

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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boxing | bare chested male | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boxe por Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$322,071, 31 December 1926
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Buster Keaton Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although Buster Keaton is billed above the title on the title page, he is billed #8 in a comprehensive cast list later in the opening credits. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

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

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My Favorite Keaton Film!
19 October 2001 | by sweetnlowdown2See all my reviews

First of all, I don't quite understand why all these people have been saying this is a "lesser" film by Keaton! I think it's a fast energetic and hilarious film, that shows Keaton to be in fine form! Now, when I called this film my favorite by Keaton some might agrue, that's not the "correct" choice. One MUST say they love "The General" or "Sherlock Jr." While I do think both films are great and funny. But there's something about this one that I enjoy just a bit more. I like the film's spirit. As everyone mentions there are several funny moments in this film. If your a Keaton fan, you should definitely see this one. If you've never seen a Keaton film, I personally think this is a wonderful place to start. **** out of ****


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