Go West (1925) Director: Buster Keaton
Go West is a delightful film filled with Keaton’s classic gags. It is clearly a precursor to The General with his notable fascination with trains and the old west. Much of the film was shot in Arizona in extremely hot weather and it was not one Buster Keaton’s favorite films, though it was successful at the box office.
It tells the story of an unsuspecting hero, Friendless, who ventures west to become a cowboy when he sells his possessions in the city and is unable to find a job. He befriends a cow, Brown Eyes, who protects him from a bull attack. In the end, he saves Brown Eyes from certain death after leading a herd of cattle through Los Angeles. It is the closest film in Buster Keaton’s repertoire to match the sentimentality of a Chaplin picture (some have speculated this was due to the deaths of several of his gag men.
Go West is a good movie. Although it is not Keaton’s best, it is definitely worth viewing for classic film aficianados.