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Buster Keaton and Joe Roberts
Directed by Eddie Cline, Buster Keaton
Produced by Joseph Schenck
Scenario by Eddie Cline, Buster Keaton
Starring Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts
Cinematography Elgin Lessley
Distributed by First National Pictures Inc.
Release date August 28, 1922
Running time 17 min.
Country United States
Language Silent film, English intertitles
"The Frozen North" is a short comedy, starring Buster Keaton and featuring Joe Roberts, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.
Here is what you should know in order to enjoy this film to the fullest:
- this is the only film of Buster Keaton, where he plays a bad guy, so we don't sympathize with him as usual
- this is as much a comedy, as it is a surrealistic parody: Buster Keaton takes digs at two of his contemporary directors (see slide show)
- a few minutes of the footage are missing, which does not help to follow the continuity, if any
- the quality of the print is not great compared to the other high-resolution films of Buster Keaton that we stream, so you should lower your expectations.
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The Frozen North
Buster Keaton is a villain, who tries to hold up a gambling hall in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Buster Keaton parodies one of his contemporaries, William S. Hart, and his Western melodramas in "The Frozen North" (1922).
This is the baddest Buster Keaton that you will ever see, in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Buster Keaton and Joe Roberts get ready for a sleigh ride in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Buster Keaton checks the latest gossip as Joe Roberts gets ready for a sleigh ride in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Buster Keaton and Joe Roberts ride in a sleigh "taxi" in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Joe Roberts plays the guitar and sings in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Joe Roberts gets ready to go fishing in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Buster Keaton enters the igloo as Joe Roberts does some vacuuming in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Buster Keaton parodies another one of his contemporaries, Erich von Stroheim, in "The Frozen North" (1922).
Buster Keaton and Joe Roberts
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