Keaton gets caught up in a comic crime escalation when he happens upon a large sum of money, unwittingly purchases a moving couples furniture and is then mistaken for public enemy number one, when he rains in on the policeman’s annual parade.
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As with most of ‘The Great Stone Face’ Keaton’s silent works, this 2 reel joy is wonderfully inventive and still remains fresh and entertaining nearly a century after it was first released.
Although not as renowned as some of Keaton’s later work, it certainly raises some smiles. Some of the more amusing scenes include Keaton being helped loading his newly acquired furniture by its real owners, the “see-saw” ladder acrobatics (Keaton’s childhood, spent in his families circus troupe, obviously helped out here) and the final, hilarious chase by the entire cities police force.
Although the piece gets off to a very slow start, the direction later is vigorous and the slap-stick cast perform to the hilt. Keaton is helped out behind the camera by his regular partner, Cline.
Producer Schenck, one of Hollywood's most successful moguls during this time, was also Buster's brother-in-law - both were married to, respectively, Hollywood sister-stars Norma and Natalie Talmadge.