29 July 2005 | raskimono
Buster does Chaplin
Buster Keaton rarely played low lifes. He played naive or boyish aristocrats who were loners, friendless and lost in modern society with social malaise sewn into the seams. Here, he plays a mischievous imp, a character Chaplin perfected as the tramp and all hell lets loose. Obviously, he is in love with his neighbor, but the family is feuding though they share the same backyard. A billet-a-doux gets everything moving as mistaken identity and information leads to some yelling and scolding before the real truth is figured. "Old Stone face" himself as he was known unleashes some very nifty and nimble acrobatic moves as he slides up and down the electric lines and clothes hanger lines like a jabberwocky. A three man stunt is ridiculous to watch and leaves you applauding and marveling at his genius.