Hard Luck (1921)

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“Hard Luck” is a 1921 comedy film directed by and starring Buster Keaton. The film follows the misadventures of a young man named Buster (played by Keaton), who has just been released from prison.

Buster’s first stroke of “hard luck” occurs when he is kicked out of his boarding house and forced to live on the streets. He soon meets a young woman (played by Virginia Fox), who he falls in love with. However, she is already engaged to a wealthy man, leading to a series of comedic misunderstandings and mishaps.

Buster’s misfortunes continue as he accidentally steals a watch, leading to a chase by the police and a dramatic rescue involving a high-rise building. The film culminates in a chaotic and hilarious chase sequence involving Buster, the police, and a parade.

As with many of Keaton’s films, “Hard Luck” features physical comedy and stunts, including a memorable scene in which Buster climbs a building and hangs from a clock face.

Overall, “Hard Luck” is a classic example of Keaton’s comedic style, combining slapstick humor with clever storytelling and impressive stunts. The film showcases Keaton’s talent as a writer, director, and performer, and remains a beloved classic of silent cinema.

Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton

Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts

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