Buster Keaton Shorts (1921)

I have been watching some of Buster Keaton’s 1921 shorts lately:

Hard Luck – Easily the worst thing I’ve seen from Keaton. For being only 20 minutes it sure was unfocused. And, frankly, I didn’t really find myself laughing at all. The famous high-dive gag at the end was the only thing worth seeing.

The Goat – Definitely funny watching Keaton run from the law after being framed as a criminal. The last 1/4 of the short is spent watching the sheriff chase Buster up and down stairs/an elevator while he tries to escape with the sheriff’s daughter.

The Play House – To start this short, Keaton plays every character in his dream sequence, and multiple Keaton’s appear on the screen at the same time. The editing is absolutely fantastic for 1921. Granted, I watched this on YouTube, but the seams were flawless. The rest of the short isn’t quite as good, but still very entertaining.

The ‘High Sign’ – My favorite of the group! Buster somehow volunteers himself to be the body gaurd and assassin of the same man. The criminal group, the Blinking Buzzards add humor to this one with their hilarious ‘gang’ sign that they flash throughout. The last 1/4 of this one features one of the best sets and some of the best stunts of any Keaton I’ve seen.

The Haunted House – Slightly lesser Keaton, but still entertaining. It starts well and ends well, but drags a bit in the middle.


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