Hard Luck (March 14, 1921)

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Buster Keaton in Hard Luck
 

Released on March 14, 1921: Buster Keaton is down on his luck and after trying unsuccessfully to end it all he saves a young maiden from a gangster and then proposes to her, but she cannot accept his proposal because of her big burly husband.

Directed by Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton

The Actors: Buster Keaton (suicidal boy), Virginia Fox (Virginia), Joe Roberts (Lizard Lip Luke), Bull Montana (Virginia's husband)

 

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Luck is where you find it

Great comedy is often born out of tragedy, and Buster Keaton was a master of tragic comedy. In this classic adventure he finds himself down on his luck and nowhere to turn. He decides to end it all by laying in front of a speeding streetcar, but darn it all, the streetcar stops inches from his prone body and turns around, leaving him lying on the tracks. After several additional attempts he discovers the opportunity to earn money by hunting wild animals, but in the process meets a beautiful girl on horseback who invites him to a hunt. He later finds Virginia being attacked by a wanted criminal and Buster valiantly saves her from the brute. She is very appreciative and soon Buster proposes to her, asking if there is now anything that might hinder them from getting married. Virginia slowly replies that nothing could stop them . . . except maybe her husband . . . a big brute of a fellow without much sense of humor. But all of Buster's luck isn't bad . . . he not only discovers a four leaf clover, but then dives from a high diving board and misses the swimming pool only to disappear into a giant hole next to the pool . . . and years later climbing out of that same hole with a Chinese wife and children . . . . hee hee . . . What kid hasn't thought about digging a hole to China in their back yard? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Bull Montana in Buster Keaton's Hard Luck
Bull Montana in Buster Keaton's Hard Luck
Bull Montana
Bull Montana
Buster Keaton gets chased away by the local cop on the beat
Buster Keaton gets chased away by the local cop on the beat
Buster Keaton looks for Virginia
Buster Keaton looks for Virginia
Buster Keaton tries to pull Joe Roberts into the trap
Buster Keaton tries to pull Joe Roberts into the trap
Buster Keaton proposes to Virginia Fox
Buster Keaton proposes to Virginia Fox
Buster Keaton is ready to jump from the high dive
Buster Keaton is ready to jump from the high dive
Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
Joe Roberts carries Buster Keaton by the seat of his pants
Joe Roberts carries Buster Keaton by the seat of his pants
Joe Roberts is about to attack Virginia Fox
Joe Roberts is about to attack Virginia Fox
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
Virginia Fox and Buster Keaton
Virginia Fox and Buster Keaton
Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts and Buster Keaton
Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts and Buster Keaton
Virginia Fox is in distress at the sight of the big train robber
Virginia Fox is in distress at the sight of the big train robber
Virginia Fox invites Buster Keaton to join her on the hunt
Virginia Fox invites Buster Keaton to join her on the hunt
Virginia Fox in Hard Luck
Virginia Fox in Hard Luck