Frozen North

During the opening sequence of Buster Keaton's 1922 Frozen North, in which Keaton attempts to hold up a saloon, a September Morn-like figure is visible in the background.

In the most recent restoration of Keaton's film (available at The Internet Archive), September Morn appears only briefly in the background. However, according to Keaton's biographer Rudi Blesh, September Morn was a pivotal part of one the scene's gags in the original version. Blesh writes:

[During the holdup scene] at his command "Hands up!" all hands obeyed, even those shyly concealing ones of the famous bare-skinned calendar beauty September Morn, who hung framed behind the bar. Buster had had this choice bit of pop art specially copied from the Chabas painting but with mobile arms. (206)

 

A very similar joke, in which a burglar commands the bathing figure to put her "Hands Up!", is also evident in a postcard.

Works Cited

  • Rudi Blesh, Keaton (New York: Macmillan, 1966).

Dublin Core

Title

Frozen North

Subject

September Morn
Film

Description

During the opening sequence of Buster Keaton's 1922 Frozen North, in which Keaton attempts to hold up a saloon, a September Morn-like figure is visible in the background.

In the most recent restoration of Keaton's film (available at The Internet Archive), September Morn appears only briefly in the background. However, according to Keaton's biographer Rudi Blesh, September Morn was a pivotal part of one the scene's gags in the original version. Blesh writes:

[During the holdup scene] at his command "Hands up!" all hands obeyed, even those shyly concealing ones of the famous bare-skinned calendar beauty September Morn, who hung framed behind the bar. Buster had had this choice bit of pop art specially copied from the Chabas painting but with mobile arms. (206)

 

A very similar joke, in which a burglar commands the bathing figure to put her "Hands Up!", is also evident in a postcard.

Works Cited

  • Rudi Blesh, Keaton (New York: Macmillan, 1966).

Creator

Buster Keaton

Date

1922

Contribution Form

Online Submission

No

Moving Image Item Type Metadata

Director

Buster Keaton

Citation

Buster Keaton, "Frozen North," in September Morn Archive, Item #46, http://septembermorn.org/items/show/46 (accessed June 19, 2018).