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Battling Butler (1926)

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 Gerard Smith (adapted by: from the 1923 stage success of the same name), 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 Butler -posing as 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 ... Alfred 'Battling' Butler - The Prizefighter
Mary O'Brien Mary O'Brien ... Battling Butler's Wife
Tom Wilson ... Battling Butler's Trainer
Eddie Borden ... Battling 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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KEATON wins the laugh championship of the world in this greatest of all screen comedies! A love story. A prize-fight story! A knockout - and how! You can't stop laughing! (Print Ad- Middlesboro Daily News, ((Middlesboro, Ky.)) 8 December 1926)


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Trivia

A rare example of a Buster Keaton movie being based on a stage play. The original ran for 313 performances on Broadway, opening at the Selwyn Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. on October 8, 1923 and moving to the Times Square Theatre on April 21, 1924 with Charles Ruggles playing the lead. 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 »

Quotes

Alfred Butler -posing as Battling Butler: I lied to you - - I'm not even a fighter.
The Mountain Girl: I'm glad.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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fun time
19 August 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Alfred (Buster Keaton) is a weakling from a wealthy family. His father is frustrated with his pampering and sends him on a hunting and fishing trip in the mountains. He brings his butler and all the modern conveniences. It doesn't go well but he does fall in love with a mountain girl whom he almost shoots. Her father and brother ridicule him and refuse to let him marry her until his butler tells them that he is the famous boxer, Alfred "Battling" Butler. The lie quickly gets out of hand.

While it doesn't have the big stunts, it does have the comedic boxing. At least, Buster gets to show off his physiques. It has his charms. It's a fun second tier Buster. During the big final fight, the real Butler should really push the girl. The idea of her being pushed around should be the driving force for him to rally against him. It's like Popeye getting his spinach. Overall, it's a fun time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$702,114
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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