Buster Keaton’s Short Films


Think Slow, Act Fast: Buster Keaton Shorts 1920 to 1923

In films that combined comedy with extraordinary physical risks, Buster Keaton played a brave spirit who took the universe on its own terms, and gave no quarter.

Programme 1

The “High Sign” (1920)
A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

One Week (1920)
A newly-wed couple attempt to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival has sabotaged the kit’s component numbering.

Convict 13 (1920)
A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak.

The Scarecrow (1920)
Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.

Sunday, 4 October at 4.30pm

Programme 2

The Haunted House (1921)
A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves’ hideout.

Hard Luck (1921)
Strange things ensue after a young man attempts to take his own life.

The Goat (1921)
A series of adventures begin when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil bad guy.

Sunday, 11 October at 4.30pm

Programme 3

The Playhouse (1921)
After waking up from his wacky dream, a theatre stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

The Boat (1921)
Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another.

The Paleface (1922)
Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons.

Sunday, 18 October at 4.30pm

Programme 4

Cops (1922)
A series of mishaps result in a young man being chased by a big city’s entire police force.

My Wife’s Relations (1922)
By accident, Buster and an intimidating woman end up married.

The Blacksmith (1922)
Buster shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results.

The Frozen North (1922)
Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama.

Sunday, 25 October at 4.30pm

Programme 5

Daydreams (1922)
A sincere young man leaves his home to win his fortune so he can marry his home town sweetheart.

The Electric House (1922)
After being mistakenly certified as an electrical engineer, Buster is hired to wire a house.

The Balloonatic (1923)
A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament.

The Love Nest (1923)
In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at sea where he boards a whaling ship with a strict captain.

Sunday, 1 November at 4.30pm