The Scarecrow Reviews
Buster and co-star Joe Roberts live in a small one-room house but compensate for it by building clever devices and machines to make the one-room feel like five rooms. Their home-life runs smoothly, that is until they begin to fight over the same girl.
The Scarecrow promotes one of Buster's iconic skills, his engineering ingenuity. Seeing this incredible marvel of a house more than makes this film worth watching. It's amazing how innovative and clever these devices are, devices that Buster built himself. And what makes it even better is how impressive the machines are by today's standards. I would love to live in that house.
Aside from the clever inventions, The Scarecrow has some other great moments, and overall, is pretty funny. It's not as funny as one might hope, but it's still a really fun experience. The story is a bit tired and overdone but the film is still very enjoyable.
The film is 20 minutes, rather than two as listed above.
There are basically three acts to the story: first, Keaton and Roberts demonstrate their remarkably rigged house, swinging salt and pepper between each other via a complicated rope-and-pulley system at the dinner table; second, Buster is chased by a dog for a long time (again, the weakest portion of the movie); third, Roberts and a farmer chase Buster in order to prevent him from going off and marrying the farmer's daughter.
The short is jam-packed with visual gags and amazing stunts. At one point during a chase, Keaton jumps on a horse and starts whipping it but it does not move. The camera slowly pans down and we find that the horse is attached to a wooden stand -- it is a fake.
That is just one of many wonderful scenes in The Scarecrow. It is absolutely classic Keaton.
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