Less plot driven than other Buster Keaton shorts, THE SCARECROW is mostly a series of elaborate chase sequences strung together, following the misadventures of two farmers vying for the affections of the same woman. Technically adept and well conceived, but not as interesting as some of his better work.
The first scene in the house alone gives this film an amazing replay value. The concept of "all rooms in a room" makes it look like a great funhouse, and it certainly is fun to watch. Besides that, the whole movie feels like three separate mini-films knit into a bigger one. That may not be a bad thing, but the other two are really overshadowed by the first one. It's still an incredibly inventive and enjoyable film.