The Goat (May 15, 1921)

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Buster Keaton is The Goat
 

Released on May 15, 1921: Buster Keaton is accidentally mistaken for a killer and is chased by the cops, finally hiding out at the apartment of a young girl he met, who happens to be the Police Chief's daughter.

Produced by Joseph M. Schenck

Directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Buster Keaton

The Actors: Buster Keaton (The Goat), Virginia Fox (Police Chief's daughter), Joe Roberts (Police Chief), Malcolm St. Clair (Dead Shot Dan), Edward F. Cline (cop by the telephone pole), Jean C. Havez (unknown), Joe Keaton (unknown), Louise Keaton (unknown), Myra Keaton (unknown)

 

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What Luck!

In 1920's America a 'goat' was thought of as the hapless innocent person who had the misfortune of being blamed for someone else's actions . . . the poor sap who somehow always ended up in trouble . . . the unlucky fellow who got the raw end of every deal he made . . . if it weren't for bad luck he would have no luck at all. Buster Keaton took this concept in 1921 and created one of the funniest comedy shorts that is still regarded as one of the five funniest stories in the history of motion pictures. The first title card starts with high sarcasm - "Along Millionaires' Row" - followed by the scene of Buster Keaton with some of the town's poorest men looking for a free loaf of bread to stave off starvation . . . and his bad luck begins . . . but the funny thing is . . . so to speak . . . we are laughing so hard at this poor sap that although we feel sorry for him, it isn't the 'grab a tissue' sorrow . . . we never think that this fellow is at the end of his rope . . . every time he is about to experience the worst, he does something so unexpected to save himself from disaster that we find ourselves cheering him on instead of feeling sorry for him. This is a rare kind of comedy that very few have ever mastered, and none as well as Buster Keaton. If you are not yet a fan of silent film, take twenty minutes to watch one of the legendary masters of physical comedy amaze you and entertain you . . . and I guarantee you that even if you are in the worst mood when you begin watching, if you can watch this movie and don't break out into laughter, I'll refund your ticket price and call a doctor for you. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with a bit of real butter drizzled over it and get ready for the smiles to start tugging uncontrollably at your lips.

Buster Keaton mistaken for a killer
Buster Keaton mistaken for a killer
Buster Keaton in The Goat
Buster Keaton in The Goat
Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton with Virginia Fox and the actress playing the mother
Buster Keaton with Virginia Fox and the actress playing the mother
Buster Keaton in the bread line
Buster Keaton in the bread line
Buster Keaton bumps into Joe Roberts
Buster Keaton bumps into Joe Roberts
Buster Keaton at the dinner table
Buster Keaton at the dinner table
Buster Keaton and Virginia Fox
Buster Keaton and Virginia Fox
Edward F. Cline
Edward F. Cline
Edward F. Cline
Edward F. Cline
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts says grace at the dinner table
Joe Roberts says grace at the dinner table
Joe Roberts and Buster Keaton see each other
Joe Roberts and Buster Keaton see each other
Malcolm St. Clair
Malcolm St. Clair
Virginia Fox
Virginia Fox