Jeff wants to get married to Virginia, but Virginia won't marry until her older, hard-to-please sister Angelica gets married off first. Jeff pretends that a shy, never-married nobody he has just met is really a great lover, in order to get Angelica interested in him.Written by
Buster Keaton's third talking picture at MGM. See more »
After Reggie throws the gun through the closed hotel window, he opens it and looks straight down to see the policeman on the sidewalk who picked up the gun. The view of the sidewalk is unobstructed. A moment later, Reggie climbs out the same window onto a fire escape that was not there in the previous view. See more »
I'm sorry, Bertie, but I've decided that I can't marry you.
Oh, but why? Uh, why the sudden change? I mean to say, dash it.
You don't come up to specifications.
Specifications? Uuh, what am I, a horse or a silly ass?
Oh, well I wouldn't say that you were silly.
But my dear, you know, you can't judge a husband in a bathing suit.
No, but you can get a rough idea.
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Reading the other reviews and the lack of comments, I wasn't looking forward to watching this, but it was the only film I hadn't watched on a 3-DVD set of Keaton films that I've owned for some time. The set has 3 of Buster's talkies and I was more familiar with his silent classics. I really did enjoy this, although, as other reviewers said, this starts out kind of slow. It's a decent precode farce about 2 sisters, one engaged to a man who wants to get married ASAP (she won't marry before her older sister so she won't be known as an 'old maid'), and her older sister who is attracted to bad boys.
Buster Keaton starts out nailing up signs on 'telegraph' poles and fences and while distracted watching the older sister on the diving board of the pool at Keaton's actual home, walks in front of a moving car and is hit. Keaton plays a timid, girl shy character (the kind of role that MGM often put him in, which was nothing like him in real life, judging from the number of affairs he was supposedly having around that time) who is supposed to play the part of a ladies' man.
The second half that takes place in a hotel is much better than the slower first half. This is where Buster goes from being almost scared of women to being sexually aggressive within a few hours. It's during this part of the movie where Buster gets to show off some of his physical comedy that he's probably best known for, although I think Buster was better off at showing absurd situations - and this movie is pretty much just that.
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