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Out West

Released: January 20, 1918
Length: Two reels
Presented by: Comique Film Corporation
Distribution: Paramount Pictures
Producer: Joseph M. Schenck
Director: Roscoe Arbuckle
Scenario: Natalie Talmadge
Editor: Herbert Warren
Photography: George Peters

Cast:
Roscoe Arbuckle: Drifter
Buster Keaton: Saloon Keeper
Al St. John: Black-Hearted Bill
Alice Lake: Salvation Army Worker
Also: Joe Keaton

 

Saloonkeeper Keaton kills a cheating poker player with his six-shooter, then opens a convenient trap door and rolls the corpse into the basement. Meanwhile, drifter Arbuckle rides on a freight train. Railroad workers chase him to the front of the train. He hops off, waits for the train to pass, and hops back on to the caboose, where he eats their lunch. They soon catch him and throw him off. He wanders through the wilderness, beset by thirst and Indians. Back at the saloon, Black-hearted Bill and his gang rob the customers. Arbuckle bursts in, shooting. He chases off the gang and Keaton hires him as bartender.

Bill comes back and tortures an African–American man by shooting at his feet to make him dance. People laugh. Lake, a Salvation Army worker, tells them that they should be ashamed of themselves and they stop. Arbuckle falls instantly in love. She solicits donations for her cause, and Bill offers a dollar — for a kiss. She refuses, and he grabs her. Arbuckle breaks a bottle over his head, and another. 18 bottles later, he gives up. He takes a feather and tickles Bill; the villain is so incapacitated that they are able to kick him out.

Seeking revenge, Bill comes back and kidnaps Lake. After a shootout, Bill takes her to his cabin. Arbuckle follows them. Lake blinds Bill by tossing her drink in his face and Arbuckle tickles him until Lake can escape. They push the cabin over a cliff. — Lisle Foote