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Super Reviewer
½ July 25, 2014
It is so much fun 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.
Super Reviewer
½ September 3, 2010
A hilarious western comedy starring Keaton as an amateur cowboy.
Super Reviewer
½ November 23, 2011
"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.
Super Reviewer
August 20, 2011
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!
August 15, 2015
While not Buster Keaton's best work, Go West offers some hilarious laughs throughout in this fun filled western comedy
½ April 13, 2014
Everything I see with Buster Keaton resonates. I still don't understand how he doesn't seem to be as revered as Chaplin. In this movie, he's a cowboy from the East a bit down on his luck. Hilarious final scene with a herd of cattle. I have no idea how he got them to do what they did. Highly recommended.
December 28, 2013
Buster Keaton in an early version of a well-worn plot device - city boy becomes cow boy . . . but Keaton established the standard for all those that followed. His deadpan pathos, his fish out of water reactions, and the relationship he develops with a big brown eyed cow is brilliant and timeless. The climax of the film involves a cattle stampede through downtown Los Angeles - interesting for several reasons . . . it's an epic scale event done without the help of special effects, it's hilariously played out by Keaton and a huge supporting cast, and it's a rare view of the streets of Los Angeles as it looked in 1925.
July 31, 2013
honestly, i felt a lot less risk was involved by making a homeless cow endeavor, compared with his other films. not that i dislike cow endeavors.
May 16, 2011
Keaton tackles the old west with hilarious results. Keaton plays Friendless who heads out west to work at a ranch only to finally find a friend in Brown Eyes the cow. Emotions for his first friend dictate all that Friendless then does in order to keep his new friend with him. A great segment of a herd of cattle going through the city is classic.
Super Reviewer
½ July 25, 2014
It is so much fun 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.
August 15, 2015
While not Buster Keaton's best work, Go West offers some hilarious laughs throughout in this fun filled western comedy
November 8, 2014
in which Buster falls in love with a cow and turns the city topsy-turvy in his quest to save her from the slaughter-house. Hilarious hijinks ensue in this extremely endearing 68 M film. One of Buster's masterpieces. Buster's favorite Buster film !!
½ April 13, 2014
Everything I see with Buster Keaton resonates. I still don't understand how he doesn't seem to be as revered as Chaplin. In this movie, he's a cowboy from the East a bit down on his luck. Hilarious final scene with a herd of cattle. I have no idea how he got them to do what they did. Highly recommended.
January 7, 2014
My first Keaton film! A great story about a guy from the East down on his luck heading west to find better opportunities. Befriending a Cow after becoming a ranch-hand and catching the eye of the rancher's daughter the man known only as friendless becomes a hero and saves the ranch.
December 28, 2013
Buster Keaton in an early version of a well-worn plot device - city boy becomes cow boy . . . but Keaton established the standard for all those that followed. His deadpan pathos, his fish out of water reactions, and the relationship he develops with a big brown eyed cow is brilliant and timeless. The climax of the film involves a cattle stampede through downtown Los Angeles - interesting for several reasons . . . it's an epic scale event done without the help of special effects, it's hilariously played out by Keaton and a huge supporting cast, and it's a rare view of the streets of Los Angeles as it looked in 1925.
December 10, 2013
My Favorite Comedy Film Is 1933's Duck Soup.
November 13, 2013
A Buster Keaton Western? Sign me up! So we have our main man (Keaton) who isn't having much luck with city life, so he sells everything, takes a train out West, and decides to give the life of a farmhand a try. The opening title card really sums it: "Some people travel through life making friends where ever they go, while others... Just travel through life." This is more good stuff from the irresistible Buster Keaton. Silent comedies are inherently slapstick, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, as Keaton knows how to make it charming. His interactions with the animals are really funny, but they are also sweet as well; his friendship that he shares with the cow is the driving force of the movie, which is the source of some of the biggest laughs here, and it all works because they have a good chemistry together, as odd as that may sound. There is some innovative camera work featured, specifically, the bull POV shot, which ends up being very memorable. What really stands out though is the finale, as is per usual in Buster Keaton movies; when everything goes wrong, that is when the movie magic is the most palpable. This is probably the lesser of the Keaton movies I have seen thus far, but even the worst Buster Keaton movie is better than 90% all comedies out there.
½ November 11, 2013
liked when he chose the cow over the girl
July 31, 2013
honestly, i felt a lot less risk was involved by making a homeless cow endeavor, compared with his other films. not that i dislike cow endeavors.
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