“The Paleface” is a silent comedy film released in 1922, directed by and starring Buster Keaton. The film tells the story of a young man, played by Keaton, who is sent out west by his father to prove his manhood. The young man, who is a city slicker and has no experience with the frontier, finds himself in a series of dangerous situations.
In one scene, he is mistaken for a notorious outlaw and has to flee from the sheriff and a posse. In another scene, he is attacked by a group of Native Americans, but he is eventually rescued by a young woman, played by Virginia Fox, who nurses him back to health.
The young man falls in love with the woman, and they decide to get married. However, their plans are complicated by the arrival of the outlaw, who wants to marry the woman himself. The young man, with the help of the sheriff, eventually captures the outlaw and saves the day.
“The Paleface” is a classic example of Keaton’s talent for physical comedy and his use of sight gags. The film’s western setting allowed Keaton to play with cowboy and Indian stereotypes while also offering an opportunity for thrilling action sequences. Despite being over 100 years old, “The Paleface” remains a beloved and influential comedy film.
Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts