Battling Butler

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Battling Butler
Battling Butler lobby card.jpg
Lobby card
Directed by Buster Keaton
Produced by Buster Keaton
Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Al Boasberg
Lex Neal
Starring Buster Keaton
Sally O'Neil
Walter James
Cinematography Bert Haines
Devereaux Jennings
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
September 19, 1926
Running time
71 min.
Country USA
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Battling Butler is a 1926 comedy silent film directed by and starring Buster Keaton.


Alfred's father wants him to make a man of himself so sends him off on a hunting and fishing trip. He doesn't catch or shoot anything, but he does fall in love with a mountain girl. When her father and brothers laugh at this they are told that he is Alfred "Battling" Butler, the championship fighter. From there on the masquerade must be maintained.


The film is one of Keaton's instances where his source is based on a stage play. The play was actually called Battling Buttler and starred Charlie Ruggles on Broadway in 1923. It initially ran from October 8, 1923 – July 5, 1924 playing first at the Selwyn Theatre and then moving to the Times Square Theatre. In total there were a whopping 313 performances, a very impressive run for an original play.[1]




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