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The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow (1920)

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Release Date: Dec 22, 1920 Wide

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Buster Keaton's two-reel work in the early '20s was incredibly rich -- nearly every picture is funny and even the shorts that fall short of classic contain moments of comic brilliance. Because Keaton has so much excellent work from this time in his career, some films get overlooked unfairly, and The Scarecrow is one of them. It's classic Keaton all the way, from the beginning when he and his roommate (big Joe Roberts) prepare a meal with the use of all sorts of convoluted Rube Goldberg

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Two-reel comedy that's filled with numerous gags, inventive Rube Goldberg-type devices and physical antics.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Once again Buster Keaton cleverly crafts some fun scenes with a unique and original quality to them. Another good short from the talented slapstick star.
June 19, 2010
76Majikat

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The opening sequence with the string-operated dining-room gadgetry is just blindingly brilliant. The remaining minutes are a letdown in comparison, but the first section can not be missed.

The film is 20 minutes, rather than two as listed above.
October 6, 2011
Eric Broome

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The film "The Scarecrow" is 18 Minutes in Length but delivers a feature film's worth of laughter! While Keaton plays the part of the scarecrow fairly late in the short film it's the dog chase scene that is the centerpiece of the movie. The dog does some pretty crazy work when it climbs the ladder but it's Keaton who displays the most adept sense of athleticism. The guy was blessed with an extraordinary talent to create and employee his creations to the best of his abilities to make comedic gold. The ending sequence in which Keaton and Sybil Seely (the farmer's daughter) ride the motorcycle into the lake and the parson, also precariously on board, marries them in the water. The film ends with this and a closing out of Keaton's face spitting out water, it's genius! This is another one of the many short films of Buster Keaton that are some of the best moments in comedy history!
December 29, 2011
Chris Browning

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