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Because Buster Keaton is madly in love with Sally (Marceline Day), he
becomes a news cameraman at the company she's working for, but at first
fails miserably at the job. Still, she feels some kind of sympathy for
him, so she gives him a scoop: the Tong war in Chinatown. But Buster is
accidently burdened with an organ grinder's monkey, who makes sure Buster
loses all of his exciting footage of the Tong war (only temporarily, as it
turns out later). Without the Tong war footage, he's only ridiculed at the
place he is working at, and he promises to stay out of her hair from now
on. But then by accident he films a boating accident of hers and saves her
life in the process - something his main rival for her affections
subsequently takes credit for ... until Buster's reel of the Tong war
miraculously reappears that also contains Buster's saving Sally, which was
filmed by his nmonkey ...
Not one of Buster Keaton's better
silent features: Sure there are some great scenes - Buster sharing a
dressing roopm with another man at a public bath to hilarious results
immediately springs to mind -, bt the whole storyline is too convoluted,
too often loses itself in certzain scenes and lacks the almost mechanical
fatality of Keaton's best films - and thus the film is at best half as
good as Buster's best work.Sure, it's still afunny movie in parts, but
Buster's real comic genius is at best hinted at in this one.