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Imagine you’re Buster Keaton. You may really need to imagine-ate, but I believe in you. Imagine you’re Buster Keaton, and you’ve been raised in the north, but suddenly you discover you were born in the south, and you’ve inherited what you hope to be some kind of Twin Oaks type of manor, surrounded by fields o’ cotton.

In Our Hospitality, Willy McKay (Keaton) is just this guy, but when he visits his long-lost home in the south, he doesn’t realize he’s the member of a family that’s part of one o’ them deadly feuds, and the Canfield’s have it out for him.

Things get hairy, like they have a wont to in blood feuds. There’s a chase scene, and this part with a waterfall – well, hell. Here’s some of that.

I don’t want to ruin the ending, but McKay may or may not get the girl – a Canfield, no less – on account of his winning charm and knack at dressing a horse in a bonnet and parasol.

Our Hospitality, 1923
Directed by: Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge

Our Hospitality mix contains:

1. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South / Ethel Waters
2. Allegro Moderato (Violin Concerto No. 1), Bach
3. Ain’t Gwine Whistle Dixie (Anymo’), Taj Mahal
4. Loop de Loop / Marie Adams
5. Dead Sound, The Raveonettes
6. Freight Train Boogie / The Delmore Brothers
7. Powerhouse, Raymond Scott
8. Barcelona / The Rentals
9. Disconnected, RJD2
10. I Don’t Ever Wanna Come Down, The 13th Floor Elevators
11. ‘Tain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It) / Adelaide Hall
12. Basin Street Blues / Al Bowlly
13. Mis Amigos y Yo Te Amamos, Alexico
14. Over the Horizon / The Almighty Defenders
15. Alexander’s Ragtime Band, The Andrews Sisters
16. In the Mood / Artie Shaw
17. Mean Mr. Mustard, The Beatles
18. Polythene Pam, The Beatles
19. Je me donne à qui me plaît, Brigitte Bardot
20. Pennies from Heaven / The Mills Brothers
21. Got My Mojo Working, Muddy Waters
22. Don’t Be Angry, Nappy Brown
23. Timebomb (live), The Old 97’s
24. Johnny B. Goode / Dale Hawkins
25. Hold Tight / Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
26. If You Need Me, Solomon Burke
27. Yes Sir, That’s My Baby, Lee Morse

Stream mix here or watch part of it on Youtube.

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I am overdue to do a mix for a comedy or an American film, so I have killed two birds with one slapstick stone. Seven Chances stars Buster Keaton as a financier on the verge of bankruptcy and scandal – unless he marries before seven tonight.

I’ll be honest with you, since we’re such good friends. I don’t really care for Buster Keaton flicks. I’m more of a Chaplin kinda gal, hence the name of this blog. Keaton is more attractive, with the added benefit of not looking homeless, but I think Chaplin films are less superficial and stand the test of time a little better. For instance, in Seven Chances, Keaton’s character proposes to anything in a skirt, unless she is Jewish or black, of course. Aside from that, I also think Keaton’s movies are more slow-paced.

Seven Chances picks up in the latter half of the movie, with a twenty-minute chase that’s actually pretty funny. Check out a clip from it below.

Seven Chances, 1925
Directed by: Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Ruth Dwyer

The Seven Chances mix contains:

1. Spanish Harlem / Ben E. King
2. The Sheik of Araby / The Benny Goodman Sextet
3. Honky Tonk / Bill Doggett
4. Rollerdisco, Black Moth Super Rainbow
5. I Can’t Write the Words / The Boswell Sisters
6. Jelly Roll Blues, Bunny Berigan
7. Old to Begin / Pavement
8. Get on Up and Do It, Baby, Marie Adams
9. If You Don’t Believe I Love You / Clarence Williams
10. Wildwood Flower / Cowboy Copas
11. Tornado, Dale Hawkins
12. Lust for Life / Girls
13. Getting Nasty / Ike Turner
14. Rehearsin’ for a Nervous Breakdown, John Kirby & His Onyx Club  Boys
15. Freetime / Kenna
16. Touch My Soul, Lack of Afro
17. There’s a Fire / OK Go
18. I Wanna Tell My Baby, Precisions
19. Way Over There, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Stream mix here or watch part of it on Youtube.

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