One Week (September 1, 1920)
Released on September 1, 1920: Hilarious tale of the first week of marriage for Buster Keaton and his new bride Sybil Seely.
Directed by Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton
Written by Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton
The Actors: Buster Keaton (the groom), Sybil Seely (the bride), Joe Roberts (piano mover)
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Seven Day Honeymoon Makes One Weak
They just do not make comedy like this anymore, and I just do not know why. First they set up an event that everyone in the audience can relate to, and then turn it totally upside down and sideways. As you watch you cannot keep from thinking to yourself what will probably happen next, and to your great surprise, you are not only wrong, but with hilarious consequences. Our stars, Buster Keaton and his new bride Sybil Seely, are leaving the church and when they get in their 'getaway car' they are handed a note from their dear Uncle Mike. He has given them a new home at 99 Apple Street! What a wonderful surprise. After a heart-stopping trip to their new home they discover that it is a 'build-it-yourself' home, complete with numbered instructions. I remember that for many years the Sears and Roebuck Company actually did sell do-it-yourself homes delivered in many boxes to your location, so this is something that the audience could relate to. But then the fellow that Sybil didn't marry wants to have some fun with them so he changes some of the numbers on the boxes, and the home turns out a bit different than one would expect. This leads to some sight-gags that I would have never expected, thanks to the amazing, genius, twisted minds of Eddie Cline and Buster Keaton. I sat in amazement as things happened that were just totally beyond belief. Wow . . . again I say that comedy today has lost this element of total surprise. The housewarming party on Friday the 13th was totally awesome. Even when I start to expect the unexpected, Keaton turns it around and surprises once again, as if he is reading my mind, almost a hundred years later. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and enjoy a remarkable twenty minute classic comedy from the days when comedy was King.
The ride to their new home
Sybil Seely and Buster Keaton on their way to their new honeymoon home
I think I will change some of the numbers on this kit
Sybil Seely and Buster Keaton see their new home . . . in a pile of numbered boxes
Sybil Seely cooks breakfast on the car and portable stove while Buster builds their dream home
Sybil Seely, the new bride in Buster Keaton's One Week
Buster Keaton is finished building his new home at last!
Sybil Seely adds the finishing touch to their new home
Sybil Seely tries to take a bath
After the hosuewarming party