Watch THE FROZEN NORTH in the
box above and get the Damfino's note here: http://www.busterkeaton.com/Films/B15_The_Frozen_North.html
From Lisle Foote of the Damfinos: "Not all of The Frozen North makes sense, probably because it's fragmented. But I have no doubt that it was pretty weird when it was whole. It's odd to see Keaton playing a would be thief, murderer, wife-abuser, and adulterer, even if it's only a dream - and a parody. Nevertheless, the jokes work, even if you've never seen the Hart films he's spoofing.
Now, I know I am going to get ripped for this, but this is one of my favorite silent Keaton shorts. This short was made at the height of the Roscoe Arbuckle trial, and the script is appropriate as the original version Keaton modified was written by Roscoe.
Herein, he takes potshots at William S. Hart, who made an arse of himself by going around spewing his certainty of Arbuckle's guilt.
Lisle Foote's assessment is about perfect. The only thing I'd add is that Keaton fails at 3 of those... miserably. Nevertheless, we see Keaton truly displaying all of his talents: mechanical, emotional, comical, and parodic. This is about the only time you'll see Keaton kick someone, let alone Joe Roberts!
Mechanically, we see the typical Keaton fare, such as the various sled gags. Emotionally, we see his parodic mockery of Hart's signature glycerin tears after he murders the couple before resuming Keatonian sheepishness of tipping his hat and leaving, albeit without guilt. He makes a frighteningly good womanizer both when shoving his own wife and when getting ready to assault Bonnie Hill. He's comical, when he, dressed in a white suit, magically appears behind closed doors, when he's stepping off the "grass," and when he falls through an igloo while brooding. Carpet sweepers, guitars, snowshoes used as baseball bats, and bears appear along the way. But the greatest parody of all is when he pulls that bottle of Coke out of his pocket and swigs it like a pirate with hard whiskey.
Much like THE GENERAL, this is not the typical Keaton comedy, but it nevertheless makes for a fantastic film.
P.S. There are two Three Stooges gag and one Laurel and Hardy gag in this film. Can you spot them?