Monday, November 14, 2011

The Balloonatic - 1923

Country: USA
Language: English (intertitles)
Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Writers: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Stars: Buster Keaton and Phyllis Haver
Release Date: 22 January 1923 (USA)
Also known as: The Balloonatic USA (original title); A léghajós Hungary (imdb display title); Busterin ilmaseikkailut (Finland); El aeronauta (Spain); Flygteknikern Sweden (DVD menu title); Il matto sul pallone (Italy); Malec aéronaute (France); O Aeronauta (Brazil); Seikkailija (Finland); To aerostato Greece (festival title).
Production Co: Buster Keaton Productions
Runtime: 22 min | 27 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Canoe | Waterfall | Balloon | Silent Film | Laying Jacket Over Puddle | Diving | Hunting | Pun In Title | Dam | Fishing | Jacket | Rabbit | Carnival | Bear | Automobile | Hot Air Balloon | Puddle | Shooting | Riding In Car | Falling On Someone | Ukulele | Car | Black Eye
Genres: Comedy | Short | Romance
Continuity: Buster chases the fish up one fork of the creek and builds a dam there, but when the dam breaks he's shown being washed down the other fork of the creek.
After the scene in which she dives onto Buster, Phyllis's camp site inexplicably switches from one side of the river to the other.
Buster and Phyllis endure a number of outdoor adventures trying to prove to each other their survival skills. The balloon which lands Buster in the wilderness proves useful later on as their canoe is about go over a waterfall.

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