|Length: Two reels
Release date: February 21, 1937
An Educational Pictures Production
Presented by: E.W. Hammons
Distributed by: 20th Century-Fox
Producer: E.H. Allen
Director: Charles Lamont
Story: Paul Gerard Smith
Photography: Dwight Warren
Buster Keaton: The Iiceman
With: Gloria Brewster, Barbara Brewster, Harold Goodwin, Lynton Brent, Al Thompson, and Bob Ellsworth
“The Forgotten Man” is an iceman who strolls across town in his carriage, a radio and pile of books in tow. A pretty girl baking a pie in a nearby house asks him for some ice. He falls in love with her. After he accidentally burns her arm and puts butter on it to cool her down (?), he gets the ice, only to mistakenly put it into the stove with the baking pie instead of the fridge. She doesn’t have enough to pay the iceman, so she tells him to come by that afternoon. When she removes the pie from the oven, it explodes like a water balloon.
The iceman comes back early to give the girl an ice sculpture that he made of her. Unfortunately, the girl has a twin sister who lives on the other side of the duplex, which causes some confusion for the iceman before he hands the statue to the right girl. The iceman leaves to get the girl some pest-spray. The girl’s twin’s husband Bill then comes home, as does the original girl’s, Hank. When the iceman comes back, he gives the spray to the girl’s twin instead. The iceman knocks out the twin’s husband with a vase before the original girl (and HER husband) come in. The iceman realizes that he’s been made a fool of, and leaves after Bill wakes up and chases him out with a lamp.
The iceman leaves his faithful horse and goes to Canada, where he stays for 15 years, becoming a hermit. Kids ask him for his autograph from time to time. The iceman/hermit now sees the pretty Emilie, who looks like the girl that caused him to leave for Canada. She asks him to come by her campsite later that night, where “they’re all waiting”. The former iceman shaves himself, dresses himself up in his old suit, and goes over. There, he sees that the Emily and the first girl are two of five quintuplets – Cecile, Annette, Emilie, Marie, and Yvonne. He then runs away. — Nick Ciccone