- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 5, 2013
- Originally Released: 1927
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Musical Setting By John Muri
- Audio Commentary By Film Historian Rob Farr, Founder Of the Slapsticon Silent Film Festival
- Visual Essay On The Film's Locations By Silent Echoes Author John Bengtson
- "The Scribe" (1966, 30 Min.) This Industrial Film, Sponsored by The Construction Safety Association Of Ontario, Is Believed To Be Keaton's Last Filmed Performance.
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2000
"...[Keaton's] grace and timing are as impeccable as ever..."
Buster Keaton's mastery of physical comedy is on superb display in these four amazing short films. The first and longest, COLLEGE, details his exploits as a brainy student who goes to ridiculous lengths to become an athlete in order to impress his sweetheart (Ann Cornwall). Featuring a hilarious crew-racing finale, and an extended track and field sequence, this is a superb demonstration of Keaton's prowess. The DVD includes additional films. In THE ELECTRIC HOUSE, we find Keaton installing all sorts of impressive contraptions into his professor's house, including an early escalator staircase. Unfortunately, a rival sabotages his wiring, and the house goes crazy. HARD LUCK features Keaton as a guy at the literal end of his rope whose attempts at suicide only seem to land him in more trouble. THE BLACKSMITH takes place inside an old-time auto shop where Keaton destroys some cars, shoes some horses, and still gets the girl. They're all peerless gems of silent comedy, with musical scores.
One of the later entries in Keaton's series of classic silent comedies. In this one he plays a bookish college student who tries to please his girlfriend by becoming a star athlete. The problem is, he's a weakling and a klutz. In a series of typically breathtaking, balletic and brilliantly funny Keaton gags, the diminutive hero attempts to master a variety of different sports -- all the while suffering the taunts of his brawny rival. Among the celebrated sequences in the film is a boat race in which Buster turns himself into a human rudder and steers his team to a triumphant finish.
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- Additional cast members: Flora Bramley (The Girl's Friend); Sam Crawford (Baseball Coach)
- Music credits: overture, "Orpheus"; Joseph Plunkett's "Postcard Frolic"; "Boston," with Reeves and Leu; "New York," with Layman and Kling, the Indiana Five and Allan Mackenzie.
- "College" is the only film in which Buster Keaton ever used a stunt double. The spectacular shot in which Keaton's character pole vaults into a second-story window was actually performed by an Olympic pole vaulter. It was a point of honor with Keaton that he performed all his own stunts (and had even performed anonymously as a stuntman in other movies). The fact that he was unable to perform the pole vault himself (which may have been partially due to his increasing alcohol intake) deeply depressed Keaton.