Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection - Day Dreams
Day Dreams has as its structure a series of comparisons between the daydreams of how Buster's sweetheart (played by Renee Adoree, later a prominent film star) interprets Buster's letters to her versus the reality of his efforts to make good. Roscoe Arbuckle is believed to have directed some of this comedy. The film went into production as Arbuckle's third manslaughter trial ended and shortly after he had been banned from the screen.
James Agee writes, "Much of the charm and edge of Keaton's comedy, however, lay in the subtle leverages of expression he could work against his nominal dead pan. Trapped in the side-wheel of a ferryboat, saving himself from drowning only by walking, then desperately running, inside the accelerating wheel like a squirrel in a cage, his only real concern was, obviously, to keep his hat on.
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