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Keep in mind that many Besser shorts, like QUIZ WHIZZ, were clearly written with Besser in mind, using some of Besser's own vaudeville tricks and routines from his solo shorts.  Likewise, certain remakes were only possible because it was Joe, not Shemp.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Yoke's On Me (1944)
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:24:35 AM »
Pronouncing the "J" in Joke with a "Y" could be interpreted as the then common stereotype of Asians having trouble pronouncing certain English letters, such as "J" and "L" (Commonly substituted with "R" in old movies and in early television.), although I may have misinterpreted that in this case, as Eggs do indeed, figure in this short. 

Asian's can say "J" just fine.  It's more a jab at the Germans or the Stooges own Yiddish/Jewish ancestry as German and Hebrew and Yiddish all turn the "J" to "Y".

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Cameraman (1928) - Buster Keaton
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:21:25 AM »
THE CAMERMAN is a terrific film, a must see for any fan of Depression-era history just because of the scenery.  It shows that this is an MGM film and not a Schenck.  I think it's technically public domain because it's in the Library of Congress.

I really can't add much of anything to what has been said for highlights, so I'll point out some minor complaints and praises.  The opening scenes drag on a bit long and are a bit too ridiculous for my taste.   It's hilarious watching Keaton get pushed around in the booth and when the guys are swarming his girlfriend when one can look and see that, in spite of Keaton's short stature and slim figure, he is easily the one with the biggest muscles.  When he's in the pool without Vernon Dent's swimsuit, you can see his arse.  I love the face he makes before stealing that lady's swimsuit.  Lastly, the Tong War may be his single most impressive work of scripting and directing we have seen yet.

I almost feel that, after this, the only reason for MGM to restrict him so much was because they wanted to torpedo his career and promote one of their own actors.

10/10 [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke]

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Spite Marriage (1929) - Buster Keaton
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:14:53 AM »
Ahhhh... the Keaton like the one in the suckier Columbia shorts!

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Hercules (laughed that the horse counted as a villain)
Kind of thrown off by the remake thing, which made essentially the same character appear twice.  It is what it is, cool concept.

The horse counted as a villain TWICE!  [pie]

I counted the remakes separate just because sometimes the villains were also given new scenes (e.g. Kenneth McDonald in SCHEMING SCHEMERS).

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Yoke's On Me (1944)
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:13:05 AM »
Italians and Germans didn't even have to do anything to get mistreated.  In my home state of Rhode Island, the moment war was declared all the English and Irish went up the legendary Federal Hill and took away every Italian's radio, weapons (which very few had), and valuables.  One local radio celebrity was vacationing in Hawaii when he was kidnapped and forced onto a plane to Montana (remember, this is December) where he was abandoned to figure out on his own how to get home.

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2 Hassan & Ahmed in THREE ARABIAN NUTS
51 Dr. Jekyll in SPOOKS!
3 Rocky Duggan in GENTS IN A JAM
7 Ichabod Slipp in HOLD THAT LION!
34 General Buttz and Bloodhound Filbert in UNCIVIL WARRIORS
27 Moe Hailstone and his men in I'LL NEVER HEIL AGAIN
11 Dapper Malone in CRIME ON THEIR HANDS
45 Lefty Loomis and his gang in OF CASH AND HASH
59 Butch and his men in UP IN DAISY'S PENTHOUSE
4 Sergeant Dare in BOOBS IN ARMS
73 Doc Mallard in MONKEY BUSINESSMEN
32 The Killer Dillons in PUNCHY COWPUNCHERS
5 The Axis spies in THEY STOOGE TO CONGA
10 Professor Potter in DOPEY DICKS
79 The computer in HAVE ROCKET -- WILL TRAVEL
15 The Eel in BLUNDER BOYS
24 Moe Hailstone and his men in YOU NAZTY SPY!
60 Larry in HE COOKED HIS GOOSE
33 Bill Wick and Digger in THREE DARK HORSES
13 Jewel thieves in A SNITCH IN TIME
83 Dapper Malone in HOT ICE
6 Flint & Prince Shaam in CRASH GOES THE HASH
8 The Black Prince in SQUAREHEADS OF THE ROUND TABLE
9 Jackson (Dick Curtis) in WE WANT OUR MUMMY
35 Joe Stacks in THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS
41 Mr. and Mrs. Allen in VAGABOND LOAFERS
47 Lupe the Wolf Man in IDLE ROOMERS
28 Nazi officers in HIGHER THAN A KITE
40 Varanu in HULA-LA-LA
63 King Oedious in THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES
85 Gorilla-Sitka in BUBBLE TROUBLE
39 Tony & Duke in CALLING ALL CURS

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Yes, it's another Stooge Short Tournament!  It's the best I could do for now.  The pool was narrowed as many Stooge shorts don't have a villain, or the villain only is around briefly.  These are shorts with an actual villain whom the Stooges must defeat with their wit and slapstick.  For your benefit, I have linked the discussion to each respective short from metaldams' reviews.   In case of a tie, I'll... figure something out.  The winners advance to the "Round of 32."  Seedings here are based on the ThreeStooges.net rankings from some previous date, and they were randomly scrambled for this first round (which had 95 in it).  The DeRita movies are also included in this.  Vote for your favorite Stooge villain from each set.  Yes, some of these are in here for pure laughs, if you can see why I'd include those gassers. ;D

36 The gas station robbers in SLAPHAPPY SLEUTHS vs. 89 Borscht in COMMOTION ON THE OCEAN vs. 2 Hassan & Ahmed in THREE ARABIAN NUTS
51 Dr. Jekyll in SPOOKS! vs. 57 Jane in GYPPED IN THE PENTHOUSE vs. 86 Badlands Blackie in THE THREE TROUBLEDOERS
55 Borscht in DUNKED IN THE DEEP vs. 3 Rocky Duggan in GENTS IN A JAM vs. 21 Paul Pain in A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN
48 Mergatroyd in FIDDLERS THREE vs. 30 The Count and his lady in THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS vs. 7 Ichabod Slipp in HOLD THAT LION!
34 General Buttz and Bloodhound Filbert in UNCIVIL WARRIORS vs. 52 Octupus Grabus in MATRI-PHONY vs. 14 Angus, Lorna Doone, and MacPherson in HOT SCOTS, THE
67 Prince Boris in RESTLESS KNIGHTS vs. 1 The Phantom Gang in WHO DONE IT? vs. 27 Moe Hailstone and his men in I'LL NEVER HEIL AGAIN
11 Dapper Malone in CRIME ON THEIR HANDS vs. 42 Indian Chief in ROCKIN' THRU THE ROCKIES vs. 94 Grand Zilch in OUTER SPACE JITTERS
77 Professor Panzer in A BIRD IN THE HEAD vs. 43 Axis spies in NO DOUGH BOYS vs. 45 Lefty Loomis and his gang in OF CASH AND HASH
59 Butch and his men in UP IN DAISY'S PENTHOUSE vs. 72 Japanese internment camp escapees in THE YOKE'S ON ME vs. 84 Big Mike in FLING IN THE RING
70 The Black Prince in KNUTZY KNIGHTS vs. 20 Ichabod Slipp in LOOSE LOOT vs. 4 Sergeant Dare in BOOBS IN ARMS
17 Nazi officers in BACK FROM THE FRONT vs. 73 Doc Mallard in MONKEY BUSINESSMEN vs. 78 Terry Hargen in RIP, SEW, AND STITCH
32 The Killer Dillons in PUNCHY COWPUNCHERS vs. 93 Larry in TRIPLE CROSSED vs. 16 Sergeant MacGillicuddy in HALF SHOT SHOOTERS
5 The Axis spies in THEY STOOGE TO CONGA vs. 69 Ichabod Slipp in BOOTY AND THE BEAST vs. 66 Mergatroyd in MUSTY MUSKETEERS
71 Butch McGee and his gang in THREE LOAN WOLVES vs. 92 Jose in SAPPY BULL FIGHTERS vs. 10 Professor Potter in DOPEY DICKS
53 Jose Sanchez in WHAT'S THE MATADOR? vs. 79 The computer in HAVE ROCKET -- WILL TRAVEL vs. 25 Double Deal Decker in HORSES' COLLARS
80 Montgomery M. Montgomery in QUIZ WHIZZ vs. 82 The Amazons in SPACE SHIP SAPPY vs. 15 The Eel in BLUNDER BOYS
61 Mr. Wycoff in DON'T THROW THAT KNIFE vs. 26 The opposing cavemen in I'M A MONKEY'S UNCLE vs. 24 Moe Hailstone and his men in YOU NAZTY SPY!
50 Muggsy, Red, and Bill in HUGS AND MUGS vs. 56 Pierre in WHOOPS, I'M AN INDIAN! vs. 60 Larry in HE COOKED HIS GOOSE
74 Doc Barker… and Pete?!?!?! in PALS AND GALS vs. 75 Ogg and Zogg in THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT vs. 33 Bill Wick and Digger in THREE DARK HORSES
13 Jewel thieves in A SNITCH IN TIME vs. 18 Futamon (Phil Van Zandt) in MUMMY'S DUMMIES vs. 64 The Phantom Gang in FOR CRIMIN' OUT LOUD
65 Angus, Lorna Doone, and MacPherson in SCOTCHED IN SCOTLAND vs. 83 Dapper Malone in HOT ICE vs. 19 Mabel in CORNY CASANOVAS
37 Escaped convicts in PARDON MY BACKFIRE vs. 6 Flint & Prince Shaam in CRASH GOES THE HASH vs. 87 Mr. and Mrs. Allen in SCHEMING SCHEMERS
95 The blasted horse in HORSING AROUND vs. 8 The Black Prince in SQUAREHEADS OF THE ROUND TABLE vs. 23 Big Mike in FRIGHT NIGHT
49 Boss, Butch, and Spike in NUTTY BUT NICE vs. 9 Jackson (Dick Curtis) in WE WANT OUR MUMMY vs. 44 Lefty Loomis and his gang in SHIVERING SHERLOCKS
35 Joe Stacks in THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS vs. 62 The Noonan Gang in SHOT IN THE FRONTIER vs. 88 The Witch Queen in SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
29 Longhorn Pete in GOOFS AND SADDLES vs. 31 Mr. Dill and the gorilla in DIZZY DETECTIVES vs. 41 Mr. and Mrs. Allen in VAGABOND LOAFERS
47 Lupe the Wolf Man in IDLE ROOMERS vs. 58 Vickers Cavendish in THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE vs. 90 Mabel in RUSTY ROMEOS
22 Murray Alper in TRICKY DICKS vs. 28 Nazi officers in HIGHER THAN A KITE vs. 76 Rance Roden and the Outlaws in THE OUTLAWS IS COMING
46 Doc Barker and his men in OUT WEST vs. 40 Varanu in HULA-LA-LA vs. 54 Red Morgan and his gang in PHONY EXPRESS
12 Terry Hargen in SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS vs. 91 The horse in HOOFS AND GOOFS vs. 63 King Oedious in THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES
38 Red and Stumpy in CACTUS MAKES PERFECT vs. 81 Svengarlic and his henchmen in FLAGPOLE JITTERS vs. 85 Gorilla-Sitka in BUBBLE TROUBLE
68 Red Morgan and his gang in MERRY MAVERICKS vs. 39 Tony & Duke in CALLING ALL CURS

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Cameraman (1928) - Buster Keaton
« on: December 13, 2017, 05:17:59 PM »
I don't know if my iPad is the issue, but when I tried, the only address showing in the address bar was "www.busterkeaton.com,". In other words, when I clicked the link and was able to get to the film's page, the address bar didn't change, so I had nothing to copy and paste.

Tap and hold the link... you should get a dialog box with an option to "copy link" or something similar.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Cameraman (1928) - Buster Keaton
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:18:16 PM »
I just want to say that I do plan to watch and review this... I'm just enjoying my first time off in a while :)

I take it my links to the Damfino's page weren't appreciated?

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Uncivil War Birds (1946)
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:10:49 AM »
Not really a bad episode but definitely one of the more forgettable Stooge shorts, I agree Curly does look healthier and more energetic here than he did in many of the Stooge shorts of this period

Your statement makes me wonder... if Curly had gotten his personal problems sorted out, would he have recovered and been able to return his old self?  Yes, he would have still been limited by age, but still...

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: A Ducking They Did Go (1939)
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:08:50 AM »
Ultimately, this short rules because it has my all time favorite Moe Howard eye poke.  Poking a Stooge is one thing, but an inflatable duck?  It's an inanimate object, yet Moe is so into the habit of eye pokes at this point that such a trivial fact won't stop those two digits from a-gougin'.  Really bizarre and funny.

I think Moe eye-gouging Schicklegruber in THEY STOOGE TO CONGA is better.  Maybe I'm biased because it IS Hitler after all.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) - Buster Keaton
« on: December 03, 2017, 05:24:12 AM »




Watch STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. in the box above and get the Damfino's note here:
http://www.busterkeaton.com/Films/C11_Steamboat_Bill_Jr.html

Well, we have reached the end of Phase 2 of our journey.  Starting next weekend, metaldams will take over the reviews business starting with Buster's first MGM feature, THE CAMERAMAN.  I won't be without projects, though, as I plan to continue either with Buster's Columbia shorts or some reasonable facsimile thereof.  I'll take next weekend off from reviews while I organize a special Stooge related Christmas surprise that I hope to post on Wednesday's.

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. is a satirical little film, to say the least.  The constant theme of a gruff (often lousy) but still loving father [and the contrast using doting mother, where applicable] leads me to believe this must be reflective of the real Keaton household.  Much of this short revolves around this theme of father-son relationships.

There is an extended hat choosing gag (akin to Curly's) that, naturally, includes Buster trying on his traditional porkpie hat, but, for a change, choosing a more period appropriate hat.  We see some typical Buster incompetence with running the steamship until finally Bill, Sr. is sent to jail (the whole condemning the boat stuff is a bit ludicrous given the lack of such laws at the time).  From here on, it's the typical Buster fare to the end.

The storm is all the stuff we love, but, as usual, we see Buster using the skills he failed to learn before to save the day (much like his running scene in COLLEGE).  Some of the stunts during the hurricane are breathtaking, and it's fact that Buster could have been hurt or killed doing some of these scenes, one of which is a more dangerous version of a scene from BACK STAGE.

The ending when he jumps into the water and returns with a priest is a perfect little end to an excellent film.

10/10 [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke]

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: College (1927) - Buster Keaton
« on: December 03, 2017, 05:23:49 AM »
A week later and I still get rubbed wrong by Keaton and the girl getting expelled when all Buster did was save the girl from a felony crime.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: College (1927) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:08:45 AM »
rather than having Goodwin lock himself and Ann Cornwall in a room only to result in Keaton and Cornwall getting expelled.

Agreed, especially since they could easily explain what happened and avoid expulsion.  The ending with the flash through their lives until death was good, though.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / College (1927) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 28, 2017, 05:41:26 PM »




Watch THE GENERAL in the box above and get the Damfino's note here:
http://www.busterkeaton.com/Films/C10_College.html

I apologize for getting this out so late.  This was a sobering film given its pretty realistic representation of how my college works: athletes do whatever they wish, and you're a piece of $#¡+ if you aren't an athlete or a frat/sorority person.  I literally went through 6 years of college friendless because I wasn't one of those two things.

This film has too many plot holes to describe adequately.  It actually was aggravating to watch this film for the first 30 minutes, but watching Buster's athletic feats was great.  The boat race was done perfectly from my opinion as someone who has watched collegiate boat races.

Bleh.

7/10 [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke]

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Some of the Besser era shorts were indeed an upgrade from previous years... but most of us see them as still below par.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The General (1926) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 21, 2017, 03:29:22 PM »
Second thing I want to do before getting to the meat of the review is mention something Paul touched on, and that's the Civil War aspect and culture.  I am 38 years old as of this writing, so we're only talking about 15 years or so when I watched THE GENERAL in a college classroom with no trouble at all, no disclaimers needed.  I can't imagine that today.  Paul, congrats on being a millennial who seems to have a nuanced view on the Civil War, understanding there were several important factors involved and it is more complicated than having anything but a one sided view against the South makes one a Nazi.  The Civil War was a travesty that deserves some serious thought, research, and more than a quick assumption.  I mention this because for several decades now, THE GENERAL has been hailed as Keaton's greatest work, but I can seriously see this changing over the next ten years due to Keaton helping the South in this film.  I hope it doesn't come to that, because THE GENERAL is truly an amazing film.

Sadly, few people are capable of such thought as we are; they're too brainwashed into blind hatred of whatever they weren't raised in.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / The General (1926) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 18, 2017, 07:51:20 AM »




Watch THE GENERAL in the box above and get the Damfino's note here:
http://www.busterkeaton.com/Films/C09_The_General.html

Imagine if you went to see a movie and saw incredible acting, intensely dramatic scenes, blythe moments of humor, accurate (albeit fictional still) depictions of a past era and a war fought in it, and a dynamic romantic subplot.  Every part of this movie is absolutely riveting and could hardly be more enrapturing.  And then you walk home and say, "This movie sucks.  I wanted to see a Buster Keaton gasser and instead got one of the greatest movies in history."  Read more here.

Well, folks, that's what the critics pretty much said of THE GENERAL.  Today widely acclaimed as one of the all-time greats, it was in its own day crucified by the movie critics for the crime of not being funny enough.  Even Keaton thought he was making a comedy and was denied the use of the real General on account of it.

But all those things I said in my first paragraph are true.  This movie has incredible acting top-to-bottom in ways I never imagined possible for such a film.  There are some breath-taking moments, such as Buster in the Union occupied house at night, when he's on the train, during the battle, and approaching the bridge.  It has humor when Buster is trying to register for the service and when he's riding the cowcatcher.  It provides an accurate depiction of what almost every Union and Rebel soldier fought for: their honor, their families, and what they believed was right (doesn't make it right).  Honestly, read up on tariffs, slavery, and States' rights, the three big issues in the lead-up to the Civil War.  Add in to this the romantic subplot, and I find absolutely nothing wrong with this film except that maybe some of the chase scenes are a bit long for some people's taste.

As an Italian-American raised in the North and now living in the South, this movie speaks volumes to me.  We have potential for some great insights on this one, so please ask lots of questions!

11/10 [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke]

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Battling Butler (1926) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 16, 2017, 05:58:24 PM »
You know, I usually say THREE AGES is Keaton's worst silent film he directed, but I'm changing my mind and saying BATTLING BUTLER.  Now it's not a bad film, as silent Keaton never made a turkey.

Every other comedian wished their turkeys could be as "lousy."

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Battling Butler (1926) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 16, 2017, 05:29:25 PM »
BATTLING BUTLER is a fine piece on Buster's part as an actor even if the film isn't one of his best.

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Post-Columbia is really tough.  FILM is hard to find, but THE RAILRODDER is everywhere.  Even the Educational's aren't guaranteed to be online. 

I'm up for doing the shorts while metaldams leads the MGM features.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Battling Butler (1926) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 12, 2017, 03:31:41 PM »


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Watch BATTLING BUTER in the box above and get the Damfino's note here:
http://www.busterkeaton.com/Films/C08_Battling_Butler.html

I screwed up; I thought this weekend was THE GENERAL.  It wasn't.  Thread's up though!

I thoroughly enjoyed BATTLING BUTLER in spite of its shortcomings.  The opening scenes, in spite of the theater origins of this film, are classic Buster.  Only Buster (or maybe Charlie Chaplin) could have a servant take the ashes off of his cigarette for him.  The theme of Snitz Edwards "arranging it" throughout the film is, to me, a great little motif.

Buster's definition of "roughing it" is absolutely precious.  That setup had: counters, sink, running water, dressers, mirrors, and even a table.  The scene where Buster and Sally O'Neil slouch on the table is definitely a comic highlight.  Overall, Buster always is at his best when up against towering figures, like the girl's father and brother.  It's fun to see the childish love go both ways in a Buster film for once.  His scenes with fishing and hunting are quite funny and work nicely to establish the romantic subplot.  Even later, he handles himself in true Buster fashion when dealing with Mrs. Battling Butler.

The negatives: I really don't like the whole setup with Buster and the boxer's wife... it's too farfetched and ridiculous for a Buster film.  It's even worse than the ridiculousness of the girl's father not figuring out that Buster isn't a boxer.  And both aren't as bad as douchebag setting up Buster like that in the first place.  It's not perfect, as we've all said.

Buster's boxing scenes are fabulous.  I thought these were on part with Shemp's in FRIGHT NIGHT/FLING IN THE RING, although Shemp has the benefit of sound to make it more memorable.  But it's CLYDE BRUCKEMAN plagiarism, after all.  The battle between Buster and Butler, though, was absolutely phenomenal.  Buster, in a rarity, shows personality, particularly honor, anger, and passion, here, which he had never done before.  It's an amazingly dramatic moment interspersed with reminds of the films comedy base that creates an incredible climax. 

In spite of its shortcomings, this climax generates a higher rating out of me.

9/10 [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke]

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Go West (1925) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:51:22 AM »
   Oh, and the heavy woman in the department store elevator during the cow chase scene?  Not a woman...it's Roscoe Arbuckle in drag.  Banned from the screen, Keaton took a risk and snuck him on.

I noticed this and even rewound the film to double-check and forgot to mention this.  Shame on me ->[pie]<- metaldams

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Go West (1925) - Buster Keaton
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:54:14 PM »
I'll be doing a twofer review this weekend.

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