A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around ... See full summary »
Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.
An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
Working their fingers to the bone to prepare the set for an upcoming performance, the enthusiastic stagehands, Roscoe and Buster, find themselves on stage when the cast quits. However, is will alone enough to earn a big round of applause?
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
Al St. John
an interesting look at some of the making of "The Railrodder" 1 of Keaton's later films
this is a "National Film Board of Canada" documentary.it chronicles some of the the making of "The Railrodder",a short film that Keaton did late in his career .it also gives some insight into Keaton and his early life.i thought this was a very good documentary.it was well written,humorous and entertaining.it's just under 1 hour,but there is a lot of info in that time.it is a bit sad to watch,as Keaton is clearly in the end stages of his life.in fact,he died the next year(1966).nevertheless, i think the filmmakers did a good job with the film.some of Keaton's Genius is still evident in the film,at least to me.unlike many documentaries,which tend to be drawn out and boring,this 1 is not,at least in my view.if you are a Keaton fan,you might like this documentary.i am,and i give this film 9/10.
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