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Not a top notch Keaton short as it drags a little at times, but it has lots of good stunt work and a pointed black-face gag about race and the police (unfortunately contrasted with a possibly racist ghost gag, though Keaton might have done the same gag with a white or Asian family and just happened to do it with a black family - hard to know).
Definitely not the best of the shorts in the Keaton collection "Neighbors" at 19 minutes in length still lags a little bit at times as there is too much time between gags. This isn't to say the film is bad by any means, it's rather quite good and way better than most other comedies, especially what passes today for comedy. The film is a take on Romeo and Juliet but set in a regular neighborhood with Keaton's real life father as his father and Joe Roberts as his girl's (played by Virginia Fox) father. Probably the most entertaining scene is where the three men with Keaton on top stand on one another in order to reach the top floor where Keaton's girl is. While not the best, any Keaton is good Keaton and it's certainly worth anyone to give it the few minutes it deserves.
The racist humor (Keaton gets mud on his face and is mistaken for a black man) is funny for the wrong reason, but you'll laugh all the same. And the acrobatic gags involving Keaton standing on others' shoulders are wonderful.
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