During the frantic chase in Buster Keaton’s 1921 short film The Goat, Buster attempts to flee the police by leaping onto the rear spare tire of a departing car, only to find himself sitting instead on a freestanding auto garage ad for tire vulcanizing.
Remarkably, this joke is one of the few from Keaton’s entire silent career for which an outtake exists, included as a bonus feature on the new Kino Blu-ray release Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection (1920-1923). The alternate take (above right), clearly shows a 1741 address for the garage, an invaluable clue.
Film location sleuth Paul Ayers had long suspected this gag was filmed looking south on Highland Avenue towards Hollywood Boulevard. Thanks to the Blu-ray high resolution we can confirm the spot positively.
The two story First National Trust and Savings Bank branch office across from the Hollywood Hotel, on the NE corner of…
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