Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers. Dir: Buster Keaton

Once again, I find myself having to contain my excitement. I get to talk about Buster again and he’s one of my favorite topics, so I don’t want to come on so strong as to scare anyone away. But, come on!! It’s BUSTER!!!!

All right. Here’s the deal. Buster plays a gentleman who is referred to as “Friendless”. He is down on his luck, sells everything he owns, and rides a train to the middle of nowhere, ultimately ending up on a cattle ranch. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Here are some things of which I have made note in my tiny little head while watching the movie in the past:

  • Buster Keaton was hot.
  • He rides on an AT & SF train. That stands for Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe. I cannot see those letters without the song going through my head. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a video for the song. Well, it’s not really a video, it’s a photograph with music playing.
  • He is very good at knowing where his hat is.
  • Somebody give him a sandwich.
  • Sometimes silent film music sucks (may not apply to this version).
  • Razors are humane.
  • A little gun is better than no gun at all.
  • Devil costumes are red.
  • Buster’s priorities are very much in order.

Now, if you haven’t seen the movie, these don’t mean anything to you. If you have, they might not mean anything, but at least you know what I’m talking about.

This movie contains my absolute all-time favorite reaction face from Buster. It happens when he says something in an effort to impress the rancher’s daughter, she says something back and his face is priceless. If it could be captured in a still image, I would have said image hanging up in every room of my house. It’s that funny.

Facts about this movie that you can read absolutely everywhere:

  • This was filmed in Arizona and the temperature was often as high as 120 degrees. Since the film could melt, they had to keep the cameras in ice.
  • This movie was made after Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s fall from public grace and work was hard to for him to find. Buster helped him out whenever he could and actually put Roscoe in this movie to do stunts for one of the bit actresses.
  • Buster Keaton was hot.

So, okay, maybe that last one isn’t really listed as a fact specifically about this movie. It’s just a general fact.

I am extremely adamant about you watching this movie. Yes, it’s a silent movie. So? You don’t really need people to explain to you what’s going on so much anyway. You’re smarter than that. In fact, I’m gonna say that people who don’t appreciate a good silent movie must be intellectually subpar. This way you will be shamed into watching it, you know like The Emperor’s New Clothes where they said that if you couldn’t see his clothes you were stupid? Yeah, like that.


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