WEEK (director/writer: Edward
F. Cline/Buster Keaton; cinematographer: Elgin Lessley;
cast: The Groom
(Buster Keaton), The Bride (Sybil Seely), Piano Mover
(Joe Roberts); Runtime: 19; MPAA Rating: NR;
M. Schenck; Kino; 1920-silent)
"Very funny slapstick two-reeler."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
After working with Fatty
Arbuckle as his sidekick, the young Buster launches
his career as star performer with the very funny
slapstick two-reeler One Week. Buster not only stars,
but co-wrote and and co-directed with Edward F.
Cline. There are no
stunt doubles or camera tricks, as Buster did his own
stunts even though some were dangerous.
Buster marries Sybil Seely and his uncle
gives him a wedding gift of a lot and a do-it-yourself
kit to build a prefab house. The directions say it
only takes one-week to build. Sybil's spurned lover,
Handy Hank, on the sly changes the number order of
directions on the kit's crates that contain the
building materials and thereby Buster builds it in a
week but it's a crooked house. The result is doors that open into midair
and walls that rotate. The couple survive living in
the house after a bad windstorm, that spins it around
like a merry-go-round. They are then informed by a
city inspector that they built the house on the wrong
lot. Buster transports it cross town by car to the
correct lot, but it gets stuck on the railroad tracks.
After crushed by a passing train, Buster puts up a For
Sale sign and includes the directions.
REVIEWED ON 10/18/2011 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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