The Blacksmith (1922)
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Critic Reviews for The Blacksmith
As The Blacksmith, [Buster Keaton] bungles horse grooming and auto repair with slapstick finesse.
Audience Reviews for The Blacksmith
While Buster called this "the dud" it is a great and equally heartwarming 21 minute short that is co-directed by Malcolm St. Clair. It features Joe Roberts as the blacksmith and Virginia Fox as a snobby Horse rider who along with a couple others all seek revenge against Buster who has ruined whatever service he was to provide and wrecking the blacksmith's business. The film has both heart (Buster putting the fancy horseshoes on the white stallion and treating him like store owners would treat high end customers) and gags that are both destructive (Buster unknowingly destroys a Rolls Royce that in real life his in-laws had given him) and also more cartoon-like gags such as the full spin and the hat flipping up and back down on Buster's head showing his surprise reactions. The film to me is a perfect embodiment of all of Buster's skills and his affinity for animals and wonderful ideas that he so beautifully captures on capture and acts out with his films!
Buster's character is unusually stupid in this film, and that aspect turned me off. He should be resourceful! Also, the ridiculous "shock absorber" gag with the horse just isn't funny. Enjoy the clever magnet sequence -- otherwise, this one is mostly weak slapstick.
Funny for the most part, but predictable. Overall, it's a so-so movie.
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