Relying less on large comic set pieces, Buster Keaton's 1922 short, THE BLACKSMITH features Keaton as a hapless blacksmith who just can't seem to get anything right. A series of comic episodes ensues, as he manages to mess up each subsequent customer's request, and it's easy to see from films like this just how influential Keaton was on future characters like Mr. Bean.
Buster Keaton always have the charm and rubber body to pull his silent comedies through even on a bad day as this short lacks that memorable scene that makes it stand apart from the rest of the better Keaton shorts and this feel more like the comedian on auto-pilot. Only the moment when a train crash to it's impending doom with the romantic pair on it seem inspired until it is revealed it was only a toy train.
Buster destroys a white Rolls-Royce, a Model T, the coat of a white horse, and enrages more than a few people (including his boss, the burly Keaton foil Joe Roberts), in this late stage two-reeler. He gets the girl in the end, and as always, it's well earned, and a bit out of left field.