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Go West


Some of Buster Keaton’s most memorable craziness involved large numbers of something chasing him. In Cops it was, as you might have guessed, the entire police force of a large city. In Seven Chances it was a thousand fat ladies in bridal gowns, hoping to marry him. In this one it’s a thousand cattle. They’re not really chasing him, they’re following him from the railroad station to the stockyards, and they cause a lot of mayhem as they are herded down the streets of Los Angeles. This part is funny, but the build-up to it is slow and not as funny as I’m used to in a Keaton movie.