The Scarecrow (1920 film)

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The Scarecrow
Directed by Edward F. Cline
Buster Keaton
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Edward F. Cline
Buster Keaton
Starring Buster Keaton
Sybil Seely
Joe Keaton
Joe Roberts
Cinematography Elgin Lessley
Edited by Buster Keaton
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • December 22, 1920 (1920-12-22)
Running time
19 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
The Scarecrow
Buster accidentally proposes to Sybil in The Scarecrow (1920).

The Scarecrow is a 1920 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 19 minutes. One of the more memorable scenes of the film is the opening, where Buster and Joe Roberts share a small one room house that is filled with many space- and labor-saving Rube Goldberg-type devices.


Buster plays a farmhand who competes with Joe Roberts to win the love of the farmer's daughter (Sybil Seely). Running from a dog (played by Luke, Fatty Arbuckle's real-life pet), Buster falls into a hay thresher and ruins his clothes. Forced to borrow the clothes of a nearby scarecrow, Sybil believes Buster to be proposing as she stumbles upon him tying his shoe. The couple speed off on a motorcycle with Joe and the farmer (played by Buster's father, Joe) in hot pursuit. Scooping up a minister during the chase, they are married on the speeding motorcycle and splash into a stream at the climax of the ceremony and the film.


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  • Keaton, Eleanor; Vance, Jeffrey (2001). Buster Keaton Remembered. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ISBN 0-8109-4227-5. 

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