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The Blacksmith

The Blacksmith

1922
Comedy
Short Film
21m
Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results. (imdb)
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The Blacksmith

1922
Comedy
Short Film
21m
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Avg Percentile 50.42% from 179 total ratings

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Rated 12 Apr 2011
76
47th
Pretty funny for the most part, except for the stuff with the oil stains in the middle.
Rated 11 Feb 2012
78
66th
this one is a keeper, buster ramps up the originality and has some fine gags. this is one that you probably wont really come across unless you've devoted some serious time to watching buster, but in that case you probably already like him so it'd be worth it.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
52
42nd
Nice trick with car doors falling on Buster, and him being saved by the fact that he stands exactly where open window lands. He later re-used that idea for Steamboat Bill Jr. Horse, choosing "shoes" for himself was funny too. On technical side it is average Keaton's short film.
Rated 08 Oct 2017
77
53rd
Enjoyable Keaton exercise feels like a throwback to his Arbuckle collaborations, and therefore feels less ambitious than some of his other works -- but there is still a lot to like here, especially Keaton's early encounter with an angry rabble rouser - watch out for the magnet!
Rated 07 Feb 2016
79
77th
Flawless series of physical hilarity with wonderful structure, plenty of character and perfect steadily rising tempo.
Rated 24 Mar 2012
50
34th
Reminds me of my days as an auto mechanic. I wasn't much better at it than Buster.
Rated 08 Apr 2015
57
76th
This one felt kind of average overall (maybe it was all those tired bits about smearing oil on things dragging the rest down). There are some clever bits, though (the giant magnet, the kid with the balloon, the train sequence, etc.), and that one horse was a pretty good performer. I probably liked the last 20 seconds or so best of all, though.
Rated 26 Feb 2010
3
45th
Amusing, with some tricky editing. Interesting in that Buster seems to project a little more emotion than usual. And what a sweet ending.
Rated 12 Apr 2018
66
66th
A really funny short with some good and inventive gags. I'm just starting to get into Buster Keaton and this is a great start.
Rated 26 Feb 2020
50
10th
The gags are too dumb to make up for the nonsensical plot. Buster's starting to develop Fatty's bad habit of making women find him irresistible.
Rated 22 Jul 2022
68
41st
Estreava há 100 anos os EUA. Não vou mentir, fiquei meio decepcionada por ser um Keaton. Um bom Keaton, mas sem a genialidade, Box OP Buster Keaton.
Rated 05 Nov 2022
76
63rd
Lighter, but by no means lesser, work from Keaton. Second half has the most chuckles.
Rated 29 Mar 2023
60
35th
What an unexpected ending. The gags are mostly the same as in prior shorts. Decent, but not memorable.
Rated 17 Aug 2023
50
14th
A series of disconnected gags that take place in a smitty's shop. Nothing very inventive here, except for the bit with the car window.

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