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Out West

1918

Out West (1918) A Fatty Arbuckle comedy including performances by Buster Keaton and Al St John. It is a parody of Western pictures of the way.


Out West is a 1918 short comedy film, a satire on contemporary westerns, starring Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, and Al St. John. It was the first of Arbuckle's "Comique" films to be filmed on the west coast, the previous five having been filmed in and around New York City. The idea for the story came from Natalie Talmadge, who was later to become Keaton's first wife.

Plot

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The story involves Arbuckle coming to the western town of Mad Dog Gulch (which the intertitles call "the toughest town in the movies") after being thrown off a train and chased by Indians. He teams up with gambler/saloon owner Bill Bullhorn (Keaton), in trying to keep the evil Wild Bill Hickup (Al St. John) away from Salvation Army girl, Salvation Sue (Alice Lake). Fatty and Buster have a series of adventures trying to beat St. John, until they discover his one weakness: his ticklishness.

Cast

  • Roscoe Arbuckle - Train Rider, Bartender
  • Buster Keaton - Sheriff, saloon owner
  • Alfred St. John - Wild Bill Hickup
  • Alice Lake - Salvation Army Woman
  • Joe Keaton - Man on train
  • Ernie Morrison Sr.

Critical response

Variety (magazine) gave the film a positive review in its January 25, 1918 issue, saying it "hits a better comedy tempo than any of his [Arbuckle's] recent productions." Keaton's comic tumbles were singled out for praise, as was Arbuckle's direction of the film: "Good camera work aids the comedy."

See also

  • List of American films of 1918
  • Fatty Arbuckle filmography
  • Buster Keaton filmography
  • "Out West" (film review) in Variety (magazine). January 25, 1918.
  • Category:1918 films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:Films directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
    Category:American silent short films
    Category:Western (genre) comedy films
    Category:1910s comedy films
    Category:1910s short films
    Category:American comedy films

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