Watch THE HAYSEED in the link above.
As most of these shorts do, this one is missing 2-3 minutes, creating some awkward jumps, but it doesn't matter. The other 24 minutes are fantastic. By this stage we are seeing Buster Keaton in the form that we will see him in his early solo efforts, and, boy, am I looking forward to it.
This short sees fantastic acrobatics from Buster, Roscoe, and Jack Coogan. I wish I knew who played the store manager because he takes good falls as well, but not even The Damfinos know. Without these acrobats, this short doesn't work. Notice the reaction of the manager when he walks into the store and sees Buster with the broom; and that's not the last broom joke in this!
About 3 minutes into the film is one of the greatest tangents/side plots of all time. When I saw Roscoe put that rock as a headstone for that
vacuous vile of sin
bottle of booze, I almost died laughing. Remember, it's not the funeral that counts; it's that it's some
one that you love.
Roscoe has that almost 6th-grade approach to love. Hide-and-seek? You're a
grown man! Ah, love...
Jack Coogan makes an acceptable villain. He's not as hammy as Al St. John, and not ruthless either. Sadly, his four Arbuckle shorts were it for him, and he was killed in a car accident in 1935. But he sired someone important as metaldams told us last week!
The bowl of onions... now, my grandfather and his father used to, for a snack, each peel an onion and cut two big chunks off a stick of pepperoni and have some quality time together. But who keeps a bowl of scallions on their table? Nevertheless, onions make for great results.