Best Scene In The Movie
TOTALLY agree! Strange that in this talkie, the best scene involved no talking, or singing lyrics. Here you have three guys in a seemingly carefree moment really taking great care each with their own part in producing something together. It's a great example of cooperation, teamwork, camaraderie, etc.. It's so wonderful watching what Buster is doing with his hands here, managing the strings so the ukelele can play a tune, and seeing he and the other guy work together to produce this charming little melody. He is extremely intense and focused, and yet at the same time having just enough fun with it, making those cute little expressions with his eyes, he is about as indescribably sexy here as it gets. Also it really adds integrity to the picture because had he been portrayed JUST as a klutz it would have been less realistic that Mary liked him so much. Although Mary was not present, it gives him credit with the audience, much like "The Gods Must Be Crazy," which I highly recommend, where the guy is a total screwup around the girl but is shown in other scenes to be a genuinely nice and competent fellow. This scene might have been half the length but thank goodness they didn't cut it short, it's great. He has a chance to look both intelligent and cute here, though the partially clothed scenes were a good choice, too, where he looked both silly and incredibly attractive. The film is not overly great but it mostly works and is presentable.share
I agree, that's a great scene! He's singing there, too - no words, but that deep voice is sort of humming along like a big bumblebee in the background. It is a bit long, but I don't care; he's so obviously in the zone, doing something he really enjoys, and that's so sadly missing in his sound movies.
I also like the scene where he's broken up with Mary, and they're all marching off to the trenches. His little bitter speech is so oblivious - once again, he's kind of in his own little world, not really connecting to what's about to happen. He says something like "If I don't come back, see to it that Mary gets my medals. I can see her now, crying over my medals... And it'll be too late... I'll be buried in No Man's Land! Her heart will be breaking, and I'll be standing there, laughing at her..." It's just so bizarre, but not really impossible; he's just so upset, that he's imagining the whole "You'll be sorry!" scenario, even though he'll have to be dead to experience it.
Flat, drab passion meanders across the screen!
I want my momma.share