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bkfan60

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  1. Roscoe Arbuckle did something similar in "Coney Island" (which Buster was in) when he goes to change into his swimsuit. He starts to change, looks at the camera, motions it to move up, then continues changing.
  2. Actually, the stunt was not rehearsed per se. The set weighed over 2 tons and was a one-shot deal. The cameraman refused to watch, he closed his eyes but kept the camera going the whole time. It's a testimony to Buster's attention to detail and his confidence in the structure of his gag as well as the abilities of his crew in constructing the house front. It had to be the "real thing" in order to fall completely flat and not warp. And contrary to the instructor's comment about there being a foot of clearance, there were only 2" on either side of Buster's shoulders according to Keaton himself. There was a nail in the ground at the precise spot he needed to stand.
  3. If you're interested in reading more about the film locations, I highly recommend getting John Bengston's books, specifically Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood through the Films of Charlie Chaplin. "A Dog's Life" was filmed primarily at the Chaplin Studios on North La Brea in Hollywood, currently owned by the Jim Henson Company. Bengston also has a blog with all kinds of information about silent film locations.
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