- Contains Buster Keaton's feature, Go West (1925, 69 min.), as well as two shorts: The Scarecrow (1920, 19 min.) & The Paleface (1921, 20 min.)
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A fascinating alternative to the manic stunt work and elaborate sight gags that distinguish the films of Buster Keaton. "Go West" (1925, 69 min.) offers a rare and satisfying glimpse of his talent for more expressive comedy: charming moments of intimate humor flavored with rich pathos. Setting traditional ideas of romance and masculinity on their ears, "Go West" is uniquely graceful and characteristically hilarious especially in the film's dynamic finale as hundreds of cows are unleashed upon downtown Los Angeles. Included on this DVD is one of Keaton's most mind-boggling mechanical comedies, "The Scarecrow" (1920, 19 min.), which follows two roommates vying for the affection of a young lady. Also added is "The Paleface" (1921, 20 min.), in which Buster helps a Native American tribe defend their land from greedy developers.
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THE SCARECROW (1920): The Scarecrow is one of Keaton's best early shorts.Read more ›
Go West is one of my favorite Keaton silent movies. I like them all, but because this silent movie was digitally retouched to make the images crisper, it makes watching this silent era classic even funnier and more enjoyable. Movies like Go West is proof in the pudding on why many consider Keaton the greatest of all Hollywood actors. His closest rival is Charlie Chaplin, yet Chaplin was British, thus giving the honor of the greatest American silent movie actor to Keaton.
From the get go this hour plus movie tickles the funny bones. Keaton starts his long trek west from his home state of Indiana. There the department store owner comically dupes him to spend more money than he wants. Afterward, Keaton rides hobo style the trains out west. Out there in the mile high country he becomes a cowboy. There he encounters cows and bulls. And he ends up falling in love with a cow, Brown eyes, instead of the rancher's attractive daughter.
One thing leads to another, the rancher needs money, so he calls for a cattle drive, to get his live stock to the slaughterhouses to make money. Keaton, however, hijacks the plan, and steers the steer out west, where they end up on a Los Angeles boulevard. From the moment he appears on the screen in Indiana Keaton elicits laughs, chuckles, and guffaws. He's funny. Sure the absurd, comic situations he finds himself in, is funny, yet his body language on handling the absurd situations provokes laughter.
Go West is one of those classic silent era movies that clearly shows that Hollywood was doing quite well before the talkies started.Read more ›
As a bonus, you get a tour of old Los Angeles in the silent era. They visit the Union Stock yards that have been gone for 80 years. Imagine a stinking stock yard in the middle of downtown LA. The flies, smell, and sound would sicken most modern residents. They walk down commercial streets, not sets, and you wonder what street that is. The inside of the stores are eye openers about how people shopped in those days.
Additionally, you can not overlook the real star of this movie is brown eyes the cow. Ever see a smart, funny, well trained dairy cow? Well I had not until I saw Brown Eyes. She steals scenes from Keaton and that is no small feat. I wonder if this movie would have succeeded at all without her.
So, get some popcorn and enjoy the great team of Buster Keaton and Brown Eyes in old LA.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great Keaton film. Whether you are a fan of the old silents or not, it doesn't matter, this is a funny film. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Sheldon
I watch this oldy every couple of years and it still cracks me up . Just goes to show these are still viable entertainment .Published 16 months ago by Pointer
Buster Keaton is the best pioneer in humor in the movies that ever lived and I have been a fan for my whole life. Love this moviePublished 19 months ago by greg