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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 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 '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 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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baster, bokserski šampion See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$702,114
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

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's Valet: [to the Mountain Girl] Mr. Butler would like to marry you.
The Mountain Girl's Brother: That jellyfish couldn't take care of himself - let alone a wife.
The Moutain Girl's Father: We don't want any weaklings in our family.
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Crazy Credits

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

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User Reviews

 
Indeed!
6 February 2006 | by Polaris_DiBSee 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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