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The Paleface (1922)
Excellent Short Film
This Keaton short has hilarity, acrobatics, and true silliness of course. But also a type of transfigured social justice. That is elevated justice found out west even in the 19th Century. Keaton knew about evil oil barons and so on from his private experience. I hold him to be higher than Lloyd or Chaplin.
It's prognostication of the future of Oklahoma Cherokees which came true long after this so-called silly film short was released. How do I know? My now-deceased parents worked as chief-cooks-and-bottle-washers for a man who did cheat the Cherokees and found himself in terror of revenge in Oklahoma in the early '30s. Also I witnessed children where I live receive the benefits due them as Cherokees. Friends of mine. What the silliness in this short does is warn its fans that bad things happen to good people. And they still do as seen in this short silly film. Keaton acts as a willing peacemaker and is made a blood brother as later occurs in other films and even a classic '50s TV show which I watched as a kid. What about empathy here? There were no Indian reservations anywhere when Keaton was born, but he saw what was happening around him. Yes,folks here in so-cal now want to be known as Indians instead of PC crap. OK?