Film Review

Battling Butler (1926)

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Running time: 1h 17min
Directed by Buster Keaton
Written by (adapted from the 1923 stage success of the same name) Paul Gerard Smith, Al Boasberg, Charles Henry Smith
Starring Buster Keaton, Snitz Edwards, Sally O’Neil

Buster Keaton is a silent era figure of Hollywood who I have vaguely known about for years now, but who I had never, until watching Battling Butler, bothered to get more acquainted with. I was always more of a Charles Chaplin guy, for no other reason really than for his films being on TV when I was a kid. Battling Butler is a comedy about a young high class fop named Alfred Butler (Keaton) who must find some measure of manliness in order to become a Man(tm). He goes about this endeavor by going hunting, gentleman style, with his butler – or perhaps one should use the term “manservant” in order to avoid confusion. Battling Butler being a comedy, it is not surprising that shooting the wildlife does not come without a fair amount of tomfoolery and assorted boobery. During this escapade into the wilderness Alfred Butler happens to meet a local country girl, falls in love, and ends up impersonating a somewhat famous boxer in order to impress her and his overly masculine family members.