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With this delightful film, Buster Keaton rivals Charlie Chaplin for comic poetry and pathos. Keaton's character, known only as Friendless, is a Midwestern boy who is down on his luck. After an abortive attempt to get by in the city, he follows Horace Greeley's advice to "Go West, young man!" As a result, Friendless winds up on a cattle ranch and is about the most unlikely cowboy imaginable (in fact, he never does trade in his porkpie hat for a ten-gallon). Various bits of comic business abound; standouts include the milking scene and a card game in which Friendless accuses a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Buster Keaton is an able pantomimist; his morose and sensitive face commands a certain sympathy. We are, therefore, not absolutely unresponsive to his new comedy, Go West."
‑ Edmund Wilson, The New Republic
"One of Buster's best, which means one of cinema comedy's best."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Buster's warmest film and his personal favorite."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Typically inventive and gut busting comedy from the Great Stone Face."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Keaton's transcendent comedy of inadequacy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Buster Keaton's Go West doesn't quite compare to his best films but is an admirable stab at the funny bone nonetheless."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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