• Rob Simpson

    ★★★★★ Watched by Rob Simpson 22 Jul, 2016

    So much fun, if ever I do a list of favourite short films this will be the first on it. Its already funny with its procession of perfect sight gags then it gets to the finale in which the house becomes a character. The set design has countless trap doors, pulleys and trick doors, which Keaton shows how insanely talented a performer he was.

    From him rocking up to town like the most unwanted western archetype to the madcap ending,…

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  • Tim Leggoe

    ★★★★ Watched by Tim Leggoe 07 Aug, 2016

    Buster Keaton's first starring role and it's pretty great. The final chase scene is better than anything he had done in his previous thirteen films with Fatty Arbuckle.

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  • elliem_m

    ★★★★ Watched by elliem_m 02 Aug, 2016

    Do I actually watch anything other than Buster Keaton movies? Apparently not.

    There must be some kind of award for gag choreography (if there isn't there really ought to be) and it should go to Keaton for the last few moments of this film. This movie combines Keaton's acrobatic skill as a stuntman and fantastic timing, as well as a marvelous set that allows all of this skill to shine.

    To Buster Keaton, the world is a slapstick playground.

    if…

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  • Bryan Strang

    ★★★★ Watched by Bryan Strang 23 Jul, 2016

    Basically The Raid.


    Hulu puts two ad breaks into this. But they can't ruin it.

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  • ActuallyDarcy

    ★★★★½ Watched by ActuallyDarcy 14 Jul, 2016

    I'll say the same thing I say about most of Buster Keaton's films, and that's that you should watch this for the final act alone

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  • Drew Dahle

    ★★★½ Watched by Drew Dahle 07 Jul, 2016

    An early influence on Kevin McCallister's Battle Plan.

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  • kike herrmann

    ★★½ Watched by kike herrmann 17 May, 2016

    El guardaespaldas

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  • Craig Hamilton

    ★★★½ Watched by Craig Hamilton 07 May, 2016

    An inauspicious start to Buster Keaton's solo career, the first half is very slight and doesn't feature any particularly memorable jokes. However, the film is salvaged by an absolutely wonderful finale full to the brim with imaginative sight gags and Keaton's trademark athleticism.

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  • Cadj

    ★★★★½ Watched by Cadj 10 May, 2016

    Keaton straight up murders a guy with a door in this.

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  • Jay D 's Watching

    ★★★ Watched by Jay D 's Watching 27 Apr, 2016

    It's a bit of a slow-starter, leading to the pacing feeling a bit off despite the fact it's only twenty minutes, but this Buster Keaton short benefits from a genuinely weird plot (Buster Keaton is hired as a bodyguard by the old miser the local secret society wants murdered-how's he going to get out of this one?) and an inspired finale involving secret passages, trapdoors, and gang members being straight up murdered.

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  • Euan Brown

    ★★★★½ Watched by Euan Brown 03 Apr, 2016

    Pure comedic genius.

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  • Michael May

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Michael May 26 Mar, 2016

    Cute and very funny short in which Keaton fakes his credentials to work at a shooting gallery. His alleged marksmanship gets him offered jobs to simultaneously murder and protect a millionaire and his daughter.

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