The Balloonatic (1923)

I wonder if Buster Keaton got the idea for this hilarious short from the first episode of Perils of Pauline? It’s the same sort of balloon, and his nemesis is a lady adventurer.

Well, even if not, it’s one of his best, with lots of gags and a daring stunt (working with a bear).


I think Cantinflas – another great physical comedian – might have been paying homage to The Balloonatic when he went for a walk in the wires of the hot air balloon in Around the World in 80 Days (1956).


Categories: Saturday Silents, Silent movies

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