An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
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
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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 »
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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