Ronald is the brightest pupil in high school, except in sport. The prettiest girl in school, object of all the athletes’ attentions, warns him : she won’t reply to his advances until he has a sporting success.
Once at university, he tries every sport, hoping to find one in which he is not too useless…and it’s not easy !
James Wesley Horne (December 14, 1881 – June 29, 1942) was an early American actor, screenwriter and film director. He began his career as an actor under director Sidney Olcott at Kalem Studios in 1913 and directed his first film for the company two years later.
During the silent-era Horne specialized in staging thrill scenes for features and serials. On the strength of Horne’s work in The Cruise of the Jasper B, Buster Keaton hired him to direct his 1927 comedy College. From there he moved to the Hal Roach studio, where he worked with Roach’s leading stars, Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, and Our Gang. Horne’s Laurel and Hardy comedies Big Business (credited to “J. Wesley Horne”) and Way Out West are acclaimed as classics.
Horne also displayed an aptitude for directing Roach’s foreign-language versions; the American version might be staged by James Parrott, for example, but the international version would be entrusted to Horne.
Horne left Roach… read more
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895, to a pair of vaudeville performers. Spending his childhood on the road with his family, he earned the nickname Buster at the age of six months. By the age of three, the youngster was appearing as part of his parents act whenever they could evade child labor laws. In vaudeville, Keaton developed remarkable talents as an acrobatic comedian with a superb sense of timing, and became a rising star by his teens. In early 1917, Buster left his act with his parents, and appeared in a Broadway comic revue later that year, but the key to Keaton’s future came when he met a fellow vaudeville comedian. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was starring in a low-budget two-reel screen comedy, The Butcher Boy, and invited Keaton to play a small role in the picture. The two hit it off and became a successful onscreen team, starring in a long string of comic hits. Fascinated by the medium of film, Keaton soon began writing their pictures, and assisted in directing… read more
Nerdy Buster Keaton has no time for sports, only studying. But the girl he loves wants an athlete, so when he follows her to college, he does everything in his power to learn a new sport, to predictably disastrous results. One of Keaton's most accomplished, smaller scale comedies, doesn't focus on large scale set-pieces as much as more subtle, physical comedy. A hugely charming effort from one of the great comedians