Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our Hospitality (1923) and Sherlock Jr. (1924)

It's two for the price of one this week at Docs on Films. Since these two silent (sigh) Buster Keaton films are relatively short and stream, we decided to knock them both out at once. I have to say, after Steamboat Bill Jr., my expectations are pretty low. The plot descriptions aren't doing much to raise them.

Our Hospitality is a slapstick take on the Hatfield-McCoy feud, with Keaton playing the heir to the McKays, who falls in love with a daughter of the Canfield clan. The daughter, Virginia, is played by Keaton's real-life wife at the time, so maybe that'll be interesting. Will it go Mr. and Mrs. Smith or Gigli?

Sherlock Jr. is about a film projectionist (meta!) who is studying to be a detective. Wonder what that curriculum looks like? The AFI named it the 62nd funniest film of all time. We'll see about that.

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