The Goat is a two-reel study in deception and transformation, in the gap between reality and what gets filmed in the place of reality. They say the camera never lies, but in Buster's world this isn't so. This camera did lie, and it's lie sparks the creation of an alternate universe where innocent Buster is a wanted murderer haunted by his victim--ironically, the theme of a man wrongly accused of a monstrous crime would be Roscoe Arbuckle's real-life fate within the year.
Buster is once again in the wrong place at the wrong time when the police chief on his patrol is ambushed by a gangster. While on the run, Buster encounters the same young woman he assisted earlier, who invites him to dinner. At her home he meets her father who is the police chief, and he furiously chases Buster all over the apartment complex.
This is an extremely funny short filled with good material and executed with perfect timing. It's a fine display of Buster Keaton's comic skill, and it's also an enjoyable example of the way the movie characters stoically and resourcefully face the most bizarre and unexpected of developments!
Most of Keaton's films were made without a script. Buster Keaton once said in an interview ''Two or three writers and I would start with an idea, and then we would work out a strong finish, and let the middle take care of itself as we went along, as it always does''.
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