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The Scarecrow (1920)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short, Family | 22 December 1920 (USA)
Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton), Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Farmhand (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

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. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A laugh grenade that bursts into a million laughs!

Genres:

Comedy | Short | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buster Keatons Trauung mit Hindernissen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1995 Film Preservation print) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Buster Keaton's father Joe Keaton plays the role of the farmer. See more »

Goofs

Both Sybil's father and Joe get totally soaked after falling into the stream, but moments later when they are chasing Buster and Sybil, they are totally dry. See more »

Quotes

Farmhand: Mad dog!
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Connections

Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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Simply wonderful.
21 May 2019 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

'The Scarecrow (1920)' is just a ton of fun. It's charming, whimsical and entertaining. The story is simple: Keaton and his on-screen brother vie for the attention of their neighbour, running afoul of an angry dog, an angry dad and each other in the process. However, this simple set-up really is just that: a set-up. Of course, it's this that provides the narrative pay-off, which is actually quite satisfying, but it certainly feels secondary to the flick's energetic skits. For me, this works, primarily because the narrative is still strong enough that you care about what's happening. The skits themselves are really great, too, and sort of feel unique among Keaton's work, in a way. The first segment of the piece focuses on the wacky contraptions the central brothers have built into their single-room home, with some impressive choreography showing off each element's dual purpose. The second is dedicated to a chase with perhaps the most talented dog I've ever seen on screen, one who can climb ladders and generally keep up with Keaton every step of the way. I hope that he was treated well on set, though (I see no compelling evidence - at least, in the film itself - to the contrary). The final segment is where the eponymous scarecrow finally comes into play, which takes things in an ever-so-slightly slower and more traditionally slapstick direction. Generally, I feel as though this is probably Keaton's best short, even if it doesn't have the wildest stunts or most complex choreography. It's energetic, enjoyable and fun. Its title-cards are quite funny, too. 8/10


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