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The Blacksmith (1922)

Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results.

Directors:

Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal. St. Clair)

Writers:

Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal. St. Clair)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Blacksmith's Assistant (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

Buster clowns around in a blacksmith's shop until he and the smithy get in a fight which sends the smithy to jail. Buster helps several customers with horses, then destroys a Rolls Royce while fixing the car parked next to it. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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...and the muscles of his brawny arms, were as strong as rubber bands.

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El herrero See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The white mare that appears in the movie is the same animal as the broken-down old horse that pulls the wagon in Cops (1922); she had dropped an unexpected foal in the interim. See more »

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Genre Keaton?
3 March 2006 | by Polaris_DiBSee all my reviews

A young blacksmith's apprentice, through the usual in luck and malfunctioning gadgetry, ends up with control of the works for a while. There he tries to make do with all he's learned and what he has, including clever little jokes like horse's shoes in shoeboxes, a watch that needs to be fixed by fire, and a horse-back shock absorber. However, despite his genuine attempts at making everyone happy, eventually all of the customers grow irate, putting the young blacksmith-to-be in danger.

Typical Keaton in its inventiveness, this one has not much to make it stand out from any of his other works except for the delightful destruction of a high-class care, a neat little subversive poke towards conspicuous consumption sentiments. Otherwise, pick a plot line from any other Keaton short, make it revolve around a blacksmith's shop, and you got this neat little fun-fest.

--PolarisDiB


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