What happens when men live together without the influence of women?

I was sent this fun video. What happens when men live together without the influence of women? Things either get really barbaric or really efficient.

This is one of them.

Buster Keaton and Joe Roberts.

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  1. Rob in Maine says:

    I’ve always loved that scene, particularly the garbage disposal with the pigs!

  2. Ms. M-S says:

    Really barbaric or really efficient? We have all too many reminders that it’s possible to be both at the same time.

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    There are houses, then there are homes.

    In “Seven Wives for Seven Brothers” there’s an epic scene when Jane Powell cooks a meal for her new husband and his six brothers at their farm. The men pause, wide-eyed at the bounty spread before them on the table, then, in a remarkable display of rustic appetites, mayhem ensues. She restores order, then sets about civilizing the brutes.

    The happy middle ground between efficiency and barbarism is the scene in “A Night at the Opera” when the Marx Brothers, stowaways on a cruise liner, stumble into a feast on the main deck. (Followed by the classic “Cosi Cosa” sung by Allan Jones and piano performances by Chico and Harpo Marx. True, not a home but the deck of a ship, but that’s civilization.)

  4. Mario Bird says:

    Ha! Now I can see where Nick Park got the Wallace & Gromit table shtick. This is great.

    Keaton deserves film accolades for many reasons…including playing out the water tower scene in Sherlock, Jr. with a broken neck. That’s right up there with Mortensen breaking his toe kicking the orc helmet and Caviezel’s shoulder separating under the cross. Those are all on my top ten list of stunt injuries that made the final cut.

    @Gumby: “They named him Frankincense…’cause he smells so sweet.”

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    Mario Bird,

    Adam: Smells good enough to eat.
    Milly: Tastes good too, so they tell me.
    Adam: Got any ketchup handy?
    Milly: My stew can stand on its own feet.

  6. Simon_GNR says:

    When I was very young silent comedy films and Laurel & Hardy talkies were quite often on television. Buster Keaton was, to me, by far the funniest silent performer. Charlie Chaplin barely brought a smile to my young face: Keaton had me laughing out loud!

  7. Bryan Baldwin says:

    “Really barbaric or really efficient? We have all too many reminders that it’s possible to be both at the same time.”

    cf. O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels (sometimes mentioned on this site)–the otherwise ship-shape and well-run house with a large animal undergoing a slow necropsy in the front parlor being but one example.

  8. That brought a smile on this Wednesday afternoon.

    There is no doubt that women can civilize us brutish men. Not all women can (some are decidedly more brutish than men and vice versa), not all men are brutes.

    But consider what civilization would be if there was no maternal influence on the whole.

  9. Semper Gumby says:

    Bryan D. Boyle: Good point.

  10. The Masked Chicken says:

    I don’t know. Call me a throw-back, but those drop-down dispensers look really cool and useful to me :)

    The Chicken

  11. Unwilling says:

    I thought it was funny. Everyone in my family loved it. Simple. Innocent.

    And maybe timely… I caught an interview excerpt yesterday, in which a [allegedly] prominent American comedian lamented P.C., because you [professional jokesters] can’t get a laugh out of students these days with even the mildest bit of raciness. “Those” were the days!

  12. philosophicallyfrank says:

    The clip comes from a 1920 film with Buster Keaton and Edward Cline called “The Scarecrow”.

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