Review: ‘Battling Butler’

'Frozen Pan' Buster's face is as rigid as ever, and he gets an abundance of laughs out of pure gag stuff. Keaton takes screen credit for having directed this one. And if so, some of his stuff is excellent.

‘Frozen Pan’ Buster’s face is as rigid as ever, and he gets an abundance of laughs out of pure gag stuff. Keaton takes screen credit for having directed this one. And if so, some of his stuff is excellent.

Keaton opens up as a pampered son of wealth. A disgusted father sends him out to rough it, and he goes plus a foreign car, valet and an elaborate camping outfit. Here he meets the girl (Sally O’Neil), whose backwoods dad and brother think little of Alfred (Keaton) until the valet (Snitz Edwards) bridges the breach by explaining his young boss is ‘Battling’ Butler, the lightweight boxer, about to fight the champ in his division.

Circumstances force the meek scion into marriage and he has to migrate to the genuine Butler’s training quarters to make it look on the level.

Corking support from practically all members, O’Neil and O’Brien making their dual wives stand up and Edwards getting a full quota from his valet characterization.

Battling Butler

Production

Keaton/M-G-M. Director Buster Keaton; Screenplay Paul Gerard Smith, Al Boasberg, Charles Smith, Lex Neal; Camera Dev Jennings, Bert Haines; Art Director Fred Gabourie

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1926. Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Buster Keaton Sally O'Neil Snitz Edwards Francis McDonald
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