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More Discoveries from the new version of The Blacksmith


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Susan Buhrman has found newspaper accounts that show Buster Keaton first finished filming The Blacksmith in August/Septemeber 1921, which received a bad review in the January 1922 issue of Photoplay Magazine. The movie was pulled from the release schedule, and not formally released in the US until July 21, 1922.


This suggests that the new version of the film found by Fernando Pena was the version completed in 1921, that was quickly shipped overseas, and never returned to the United States. Thereafter, following the early negative response to the film and/or other problems, the movie was pulled from release for several months to be re-worked, and officially released domestically in July 1922.


My next post shows more discoveries from the new version of the film, and shows, visually, how Keaton halted production of the film for as long as 8-9 months.




Cheers, John


Edited by: SilentEchoes on Jul 28, 2013 12:21 AM

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