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Battling Butler (1926)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 19 September 1926 (USA)
A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves.

Director:

Buster Keaton

Writers:

Paul Gerard Smith (adapted by: from the 1923 stage success of the same name), Al Boasberg (adapted by: from the 1923 stage success of the same name) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Alfred 'Battling' Butler
Snitz Edwards ... Alfred's Valet
Sally O'Neil ... The Mountain Girl
Walter James Walter James ... The Moutain Girl's Father
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... The Mountain Girl's Brother (as Bud Fine)
Francis McDonald ... Alfred 'Battling' Butler - The Prizefighter
Mary O'Brien Mary O'Brien ... Battling Butler's Wife
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... Battling Butler's Trainer
Eddie Borden ... Battling Butler's Manager
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Storyline

Alfred's father wants him to make of 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 informed that he is Alfred "Battling" Butler, the championship fighter. From there on the masquerade must be maintained. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baster, bokserski šampion See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$702,114
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The musical play, "Battling Butler," opened in London on 8 December 1922. Its book was written by Stanley Brightman and Austin Melford, with music by Philip Braham and lyrics by Douglas Furber. See more »

Goofs

Buster and his valet take the train into "Mountain Girl's" hometown, so that Buster can confess that he's not the new champion; yet when circumstances require that his subterfuge continue, and he leaves to go to train for the fight vs. the Alabama Murderer, they drive away to the training camp in Buster's car. See more »

Quotes

Alfred's Valet: [to the Mountain Girl] Mr. Butler would like to marry you.
The Mountain Girl's Brother: That jellyfish couldn't take care of himself - let alone a wife.
The Moutain Girl's Father: We don't want any weaklings in our family.
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Crazy Credits

The "THE END" test is shown on a boxing bell. See more »

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Referenced in Don't Look Down (2008) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Buster's a boxer!
12 January 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In 1926, before the world knew what Buster Keaton sounded like when he talked, he played a rich, spoiled dandy in Battling Butler. While "camping" on his own in the forest, his valet takes care of his every need, including hot meals, dressing him for dinner, and drawing his bath. Buster sees Sally O'Neil and sends his valet, Snitz Edwards, to propose for him and arrange the marriage. Sally's family think Buster is a weakling, but to impress them, Snitz lies and says Buster is actually "Battling" Butler, a prizefighter with the same name.

For the rest of the movie, Buster is caught up in the lie he didn't even tell. He pretends to be the boxer, and even switches places with him and prepares to fight in the ring! There are some pretty cute scenes and jokes, as well as some very entertaining boxing scenes. Even though he comes across as a weakling at the start of the movie, we all know that he's going to show off and use his muscles when he gets into his boxing shorts. This isn't the movie to watch if you're looking for death-defying stunts, but if you liked Danny Kaye's reluctant character in The Kid from Brooklyn, you'll probably love this one.


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