Go West (1925)
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Chaplinesque drifter Friendless goes West and finds befriending a beautiful brown-eyed, lovestruck bovine in this sentimental yet comical western from Buster Keaton. the tale begins while Keaton (as Friendless) hops off a freight train and goes to apply for a job as a ranch hand. Unfortunately, he can't get a job unless he can prove himself able to milk a cow, something Friendless has never done before. In the process he meets Brown Eyes, a cow who falls head over haunches in love with him. Friendless takes a liking to her to so when he learns that she is destined for the slaughterhouse, he does everything he can to save her. After much comic mayhem, he also manages to save the financially imperiled rancher and his lovely daughter from wicked gamblers by driving the rancher's cattle right down the main street of the big city. In the happy ending, Friendless gets the girl and Brown Eyes. … More
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Critic Reviews for Go West
Buster Keaton is an able pantomimist; his morose and sensitive face commands a certain sympathy. We are, therefore, not absolutely unresponsive to his new comedy, Go West.
One of Buster's best, which means one of cinema comedy's best.
Typically inventive and gut busting comedy from the Great Stone Face.
Audience Reviews for Go West
What a huge fun it is to see Keaton throw the West upside down as he befriends a jolly cow in a ranch, struggles to arrive in time for lunch and sets a herd of cattle free in the city while trying to make his way as a cowboy, even if hilariously clueless about what he is doing.More
"Go West" is not as well-regarded as some other Buster Keaton films such as "The General" and "Our Hospitality," but it's certainly worth seeing. And at only 69 minutes, it doesn't require much of a commitment.
Down-on-his-luck "Friendless" heads west (Keaton sure did love train scenes) and grabs some work as a cowboy, despite being a complete novice. He can't ride, can't shoot and can't milk a cow. When he pulls a stone out of a limping cow's hoof and the grateful beast becomes devoted to him a la "Androcles and the Lion," it seems like a sweet gag. Surprising that this idea becomes the central plot -- it's not much to hang a movie on. However, the climatic cattle drive through the streets of Los Angeles is a set piece that can't be missed.
Another Buster Keaton masterpiece, Go West was his personal favorite and is a lesser known of his films but nonetheless a wonderful and touching comedy silent. Buster Keaton is portraying the character "Friendless" as he travels out west in search of a livelihood. Friendless is hired by a local rancher to help out around the farm and care for the animals. He befriends a cow named "Brown Eyes" that he cares for and protects because she seems to be shunned and ignored by the other steers on the ranch. Both outcasts, Friendless and Brown Eyes stick together through the daily life but hope seems lost upon hearing the cattle are headed to slaughter and the lot includes Brown Eyes. Friendless tries to buy her off the rancher but he doesn't have enough money. As they board the cattle on a train to market, Friendless sneaks in with Brown Eyes. On the journey the train is stopped by a group wanting the cattle themselves but the rest of the rancher's entourage fight them off. However, the train is set in motion while no one is on board, no one except Friendless and the thousand cattle. He is able to get the train to town and the cattle follow him and Brown Eyes, through an insane and hilarious journey through town, to the designated stables. In the end he saves the day and is rewarded by the rancher and given anything he wants, guess what he chooses! Keaton challenges Chaplin here for the poetic means to his routine and his character's likeability due to his misfortunes. What a great piece of comedic cinema! Highly Recommended!More
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