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Convict 13

Theatrical poster for Convict 13 (1920)
Directed by Edward F. Cline
Buster Keaton
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Edward F. Cline
Buster Keaton
Starring Buster Keaton
Sybil Seely
Joe Roberts
Edward F. Cline
Joe Keaton
Louise Keaton
Cinematography Elgin Lessley
Editing by Buster Keaton
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date(s) October 27, 1920
Running time 20 minutes
Country  United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Convict 13 is a 1920 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline.



Keaton goes from a golf game with his girlfriend to death-row in prison through a case of mistaken identity. Here, Buster shows one of the most dangerous sight gags albeit toned down since one of the key players was missing, that he performed in vaudeville. In the words of Marie Dressler: Buster would "stand on a table in back of his father twirling a basketball tied to the end of a rope, while his father was trying to shave himself with a straight razor. And that ball kept getting closer and closer, all the sudden, BANG!" -(from Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow)


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