Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Scarecrow (1920)

Directors: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

Writers: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

Starring: Buster Keaton, Mary Astor, Edward F. Cline, Luke the Dog, Joe Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Al St. John

More info: IMDb

Plot: Farmhands Keaton and Roberts share a cottage full of mechanical devices for making life easy. They are rivals for the farmer's daughter. Keaton , disguised as a scarecrow, causes troubles for his rival and the farmer. When Keaton stoops to tie his shoe, the girl accepts what she thinks is his kneeling proposal.

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again? YES!!!

Uncle Jesus is this fun.  I was thrilled to see Luke the Dog again.  He was in some of the Fatty Arbuckle shorts that co-starred Keaton a couple of years earlier.  I love that dog.  In this picture he's all over the place doing some insanely funny and remarkable things.

The 20 minute short opens up with Buster and his roommate going through the motions of getting ready for work and showing off their unusual one room house.  It's incredibly inventive what these kids come up with for these comedies.  I'm impressed.

After that it's an extended chase scene as Luke chases Buster all over the place, climbing a ladder (and climbing down) but the biggest laughs from me came with just the chase itself.  That dog can haul some ass and there's something about a high speed chase like this that tickles the shit out of me.

The picture is largely one big chase once the two fellas leave the house and it ends with Buster and the Farmer's Daughter getting hitched while riding a motorcycle.  This shit is hilarious.  I could watch them all day long.

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