Hard Luck (1921)

Hard Luck





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The plucky little guy that comedian Buster Keaton portrayed throughout most of his two-reel silents is just about out of pluck here. After being fired by his boss and jilted by his girlfriend, there seems to be nothing left but to end it all. And even that won't go right -- try as he might nothing works (and hilariously so). Throwing himself in front of a streetcar fails. He lamely tries to hang himself. The "poison" he swallows is someone's bootleg liquor stash. Desperately he throws himself in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
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Keaton constantly fails to commit suicide in this black comedy. It's hilarious.

Aj V

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Wonderful short with botched suicide attempts, hilarious ways to mount a horse and a climactic high dive -- into the ground? -- that doesn't even seem humanly possible to survive.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

"Hard Luck" is 21 minutes in length and is another of his shorts that has truly black humor as the subject of the film revolves around Buster playing a down and out guy who tries and fails to commit suicide (in various hilarious moments). Buster Keaton himself said that the end gag, which unfortunately is lost to time (3 minutes total), was his favorite and most laughable gag in his career. "Hard Luck" was lost for over 60 years, even through Buster's death, and it's a wonder we have it today in such a close to complete version. The film does a good job of detailing what happens as Buster jumps from the high dive and then transitions to the hole in the ground and tells more details via inter-title about what happens next and ends with a single still image that sums it up! I won't spoil it because it was Buster's personal favorite gag and is truly laugh out loud hilarious! This short is a must see!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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