Our Hospitality

Directed by Buster Keaton and John Blystone

Release Year: 1923
Running Time: 75
Color Type: Color Tinted
Country: U.S.
Language: English, English intertitles
Genres: Comedy, Silent
     

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Cast
Buster Keaton
Natalie Talmadge
Joe Keaton

Crew
Directed by Buster Keaton and John Blystone

Our Hospitality (1923) broadened the boundaries of slapstick and proved that Buster Keaton was not just a comedian, he was an artist. Keaton stars as youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to nd that his inheritance is a rundown shack. On top of that he learns that the object of his affection (Keaton’s real-life wife Natalie Talmadge) is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. McKay’s personal struggles are punctuated by brilliant slapstick setpieces that involve an exploding dam, raging waterfalls, and a primitive steam engine. Keaton supervised the design and construction of the train, which he revived two years later for the short The Iron Mule (1925).