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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El herrero See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Village Smitty and his assistant
6 July 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This 1922 short subject for First National Pictures finds Buster Keaton as the assistant to blacksmith Joe Roberts. Although by 1922 the horseless carriage had taken over the big city, you could still find a shop like this one in the hinterlands.

In fact Keaton does seek to keep up with the times and also tries to repair a car with hilarious results though not for the car owner.

Best gag in the film was the giant horseshoe over the shop which acts as a magnet grabbing everything metallic near it.

If blacksmith's like Buster were the future of the trade good thing the automobile was invented when it was.


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