Our Hospitality

Our Hospitality

Buster Keaton
Director: John G. Blystone Cast: Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
, Natalie Talmadge
Natalie Talmadge
, Joe Keaton
Joe Keaton
John G. Blystone

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Buster Keaton's third starring feature (discounting 1920's The Saphead, which was not conceived with Keaton in mind), Our Hospitality is a boisterous satire of family feuds and Southern codes of honor. In 1831, Keaton leaves his home in New York to take charge of his family mansion down South. En route, Keaton befriends pretty Natalie Talmadge (Keaton's real-life wife at the time), who invites him to dine at her family home. Upon meeting Talmadge's father and brothers, Keaton learns that he is the last surviving member of a family with whom Talmadge's kin have been feuding for over 20 years. The brothers are all for killing Keaton on the spot, but Talmadge's father (Joe Roberts) insists that the rules of hospitality be observed: so long as Keaton is a guest in the house, he will not be harmed. Thus, Keaton spends the next few reels alternately planning to sneak out of the mansion without being noticed, and contriving to remain within its walls as long as possible. The dilemma is resolved when Keaton rescues Talmadge from a raging waterfall (a dummy stood in for Talmadge; Keaton used no doubles, and nearly lost his life as a result). Beyond the brilliant sight gags in the closing scenes, the most memorable sequence in Our Hospitality is the bumpy train ride taken by Keaton and Talmadge in an 1831-vintage Stephenson Rocket. This 7-reel silent film represents the only joint appearance of Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge; Keaton hoped that by spending several weeks on location with his wife, he could patch up their shaky marriage (it didn't work). Also appearing in Our Hospitality are two other members of the Keaton family: Keaton's ex-vaudevillian father Joe (who performs an eye-popping "high kick") and his son Joseph Keaton IV, playing Buster as a baby.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2019
UPC: 0738329240653
Original Release: 1923
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [silent, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 2,610

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historiand Farran Smith Nehme and Imogen Sara Smith; Un duel à mort (A Duel to the Death, 1947, a short film starring Buster Keaton); The Iron Mule (1925, a short film starring Al St. John); A presentation on Our Hospitality by Serge Bromberg; Scoring for Buster, a documentary on the recording of Robert Israel's score

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Buster Keaton Willie McKay
Natalie Talmadge Virginia Canfield
Joe Keaton Lem Doolittle
Buster Keaton Willie as a baby
Kitty Bradbury Aunt Mary
Joe Roberts Joseph Canfield
Tom London James Canfield
Craig Ward Lee Canfield
Ralph Bushman Clayton Canfield
Ed Coxen John McKay
Jean Dumas Mrs. McKay
Monte Collins Rev. Benjamin Dorsey
James Duffy Sam Gardner
Robert Israel Conductor

Technical Credits
John G. Blystone Director
Buster Keaton Director
Clyde Bruckman Screenwriter
Fred Gaubori Art Director
Jean Havez Screenwriter
Robert Israel Score Composer
Walter Israel Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings Cinematographer
Elgin Lessley Cinematographer
Joseph Mitchell Screenwriter
Joseph M. Schenck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Our Hospitality
1. Chapter 1 [8:24]
2. Chapter 2 [6:13]
3. Chapter 3 [6:13]
4. Chapter 4 [6:22]
5. Chapter 5 [7:52]
6. Chapter 6 [6:40]
7. Chapter 7 [8:30]
8. Chapter 8 [5:49]
9. Chapter 9 [8:23]
10. Chapter 10 [6:34]
11. Chapter 11 [4:38]
1. Chapter 1 [10:32]
2. Chapter 2 [13:16]
1. Chapter 1 [17:10]
2. Chapter 2 [7:25]

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