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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
rather than having Goodwin lock himself and Ann Cornwall in a room only to result in Keaton and Cornwall getting expelled.
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.
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.
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.