The Goat (1921)





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In this film, a drifter is already on the run from the cops when he's mistaken for murderer Dead Shot Dan. Keaton has eluded the previous group of policeman, but he's no match for the ill-tempered, heavyweight detective Joe Roberts who's hot on his trail ... or is he?
Classics , Comedy
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Virginia Fox
as Chief's daughter
Malcolm St. Clair
as Dead Shot Dan
Buster Keaton
as The Goat
Joe Roberts
as Police Chief

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Audience Reviews for The Goat

"The Goat" is another Buster Keaton short and clocks in at 23 minutes in length. The whole film is one giant chase scene filled with all kinds of antics, some you can see coming and others are only seen by Buster. The whole film is a delightful, fast paced, and hilarious for the entire length of the film. The idea of Buster being chased by cops throughout the film would later be replicated a thousand fold in his other short released the next year in 1922 "Cops". Both Keaton's Co-Director Malcolm St. Clair (Dead Shot Dan) and long time Co-Director collaborator Edward F. Cline (One of the policemen) makes appearances in the film as well as Buster's other staring partners. Many critics have said that if you only had 23 minutes to show the entirety of Buster's career, "The Goat" is the film to watch because it contains the best variety of all his skills! A masterpiece, plain and simple.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer


Keaton looks like a criminal? This movie is really funny.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


A very early short from Buster Keaton, usual Keaton style with some very, clever moves involving more props and great stunts. Aclever little mix up of the wrongly accused.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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