Buster at the stables
30 July 2015
Warning: Spoilers
"The Blacksmith" is an American black-and-white silent film from over 90 years ago. It stars Buster Keaton, one of the biggest stars of his era and possibly second in silent film command behind Chaplin. Of course, Keaton is not the real blacksmith in these 20 minutes, but merely the assistant, the one who has to do all the dirty work. Consequently, as always, Buster gets in trouble with all his customers and also his boss. But at least he catches a break and also meets a lovely woman. So the ingredients are similar to other Keaton films. 1922 was already pretty late in Keaton's early silent short film career and he moved on to full features not much later. Buster's co-writer and co-director here is Malcolm St. Clair and not Edward F. Cline as usual. However, his co-actors Virginia Fox and Joe Roberts are regulars in Keaton movies. Memorable moments include the train that stopped so fast, better technology than now, almost a century later for sure and of course the guy who brought his car to the stables. I guess he mistook horse power in that context. All in all, not a very memorable short film in my opinion. Not recommended.
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