The Frozen North
|The Frozen North|
|Directed by||Buster Keaton
Edward F. Cline
|Produced by||Joseph M. Schenck|
|Written by||Buster Keaton
Edward F. Cline
|Running time||17 minutes|
The Frozen North is a 1922 American short comedy film directed by and starring Buster Keaton. The film was written by Keaton and Edward F. Cline (credited as Eddie Cline). The film runs for around 17 minutes. Sybil Seely and Bonnie Hill co-star in the film.
The film opens near a subway terminal from which Buster Keaton emerges. He finds people gambling in a house with lots of money. He tries to scare them with the cutout of a poster with a man holding gun. He puts the cutout at the window and says, "Raise your hands in air". But soon they find out when a drunk man falls over the cutout and Buster has to run.
Next, he mistakenly enters a house thinking that its his own house. Inside the house, he sees a man and a woman kissing. He takes her for his wife, gets red hot angry and shoots them both, later to realize his mistake.
He goes to his own house this time to find his irritating wife. Some object hits his yelling wife and she faints. A passing police officer knocks at the door after hearing her scream. Buster saves himself by playing music on gramophone and pretending to dance with his fainted wife. As soon as the officer leaves, he lets the fainted wife fall down and looks out of the window. He discovers a pretty but married neighbor (Bonnie Hill), quickly wears good clothes and takes flowers to her where she imagines he looks like Erich von Stroheim. The husband of this pretty neighbor comes back and Buster has to run. The rest of the movie is filled with funny situations of him chasing after that pretty neighbor. In the end, he wakes up in the front row of a film theater to realize that it was all a dream.
- Buster Keaton as The Bad Man
- Joe Roberts as The Driver
- Sybil Seely as Wife
- Bonnie Hill as The Pretty Neighbor
- Freeman Wood as Her Husband
- Edward F. Cline as The Janitor
The film was photographed on location at Donner Lake outside Truckee, California, in mid-winter. Keaton intended the film to be a satirical parody of Western melodramas and their star, William S. Hart. He wears a small version of Hart's campaign hat from the Spanish-American War and a six-shooter on each thigh, and during the scene in which he shoots the neighbor and her husband, he reacts with thick glycerin tears, a trademark of Hart's. Audiences of the 1920s recognized the parody and thought the film hysterically funny. However, Hart himself was not amused by Keaton's antics, particularly the crying scene, and did not speak to Buster for two years after he had seen the film. 
- The Frozen North at the Internet Movie Database
- The short film The Frozen North is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]