Convict 13 (1920)

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“Convict 13” is a 1920 silent comedy film directed by and starring Buster Keaton. The film follows Keaton’s character, a young man who is mistaken for a prison inmate and sentenced to death by hanging. However, during the execution, a bolt of lightning strikes the gallows, knocking out the guards and allowing Keaton to escape.

As Keaton attempts to flee, he comes across a golfer who has been knocked unconscious. Keaton takes the man’s clothes and impersonates him, joining a group of wealthy golfers on the course. Despite his lack of experience, Keaton manages to hold his own on the links, using his own unique style and techniques.

As the game progresses, Keaton must dodge the suspicious prison guards and the real golfer’s angry girlfriend. The film culminates in a hilarious and thrilling finale as Keaton faces off against his pursuers on the golf course.

“Convict 13” is known for its inventive physical comedy and Keaton’s acrobatic stunts, as well as its creative use of sound effects and camera tricks. The film also showcases Keaton’s skill as a filmmaker, as he directed and edited the film himself. “Convict 13” remains a classic example of early silent comedy and a testament to Keaton’s enduring talent and influence.

Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton

Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts

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