Saturday, February 07, 2009

BUSTER KEATON: "Pest of the West" (1938)

Buster Keaton attempts to serenade a senorita and discovers it's more trouble than it's worth. Made for Jules White at Columbia (same producer and studio as the Three Stooges) this is from Buster's first Columbia short"Pest from the West" made in 1938.

Knowing that he's going to be hit, and when he's going to be hit, but continuing to play on anyway makes this a "mechanical gag" (my own description, don't look it up) like Andy Kaufman's "Mighty Mouse", The Muppets "Mah Na Mah Na" or Ernie Kovacs' "Nairobi Trio" where the action continues "mechanically" despite some physical obstacle.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

HAHA, yeah for the girl getting the hit! woohoo