The Blacksmith

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The Blacksmith
The Blacksmith FilmPoster.jpeg
DVD cover
Directed by Buster Keaton
Malcolm St. Clair
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Buster Keaton
Malcolm St. Clair
Starring Buster Keaton
Cinematography Elgin Lessley
Release date
  • July 21, 1922 (1922-07-21)
Running time
25 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Blacksmith is a 1922 American short comedy film co-written, co-directed by and featuring Buster Keaton.[1] Buster plays an assistant blacksmith to the big worker played by Joe Roberts, with predictable results.


Buster Keaton hoists a Model T engine from a wrecked car as Virginia Fox flirts with an unidentified actor in a scene still for the 1922 comedy short The Blacksmith.

Alternate versions[edit]

In June 2013, Argentine film collector, curator and historian Fernando Martín Peña (who had previously unearthed the complete version of Metropolis) discovered an alternate version of this film, a sort of remake whose last reel differs completely from the previously known version.[2] Film historians have since found evidence that the version of The Blacksmith Peña uncovered was a substantial reshoot undertaken months after completion of principal photography and a preview screening in New York. They now believe the rediscovered version was Keaton's final cut intended for wide distribution.[3]

Following Peña's discovery, a third version of the film, featuring at least one scene which doesn't occur in either of the other two, was found in the collection of former film distributor Blackhawk Films.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Blacksmith". Silent Era. Retrieved March 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ "El Socio Del Silencio". pagina12. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Scott Foundas (October 18, 2013). "Keaton’s Lost ‘Blacksmith’ Forges New Path in Lyon". Variety. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 

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