[[caption-width-right:350:Goodbye, cruel world.]]

->''Fired from his job, jilted by his girl, down on his luck...''
-->-- '''opening title'''

In this 1921 short, a despondent Creator/BusterKeaton decides to end it all, but then he gets a job, meets a girl (Creator/VirginiaFox) and his luck changes -- or does it? {{Hilarity ensues}}.

"Hard Luck" can be seen at [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8727552817849141561# Google Video.]]

!!"Hard Luck" contains examples of

* AlliterativeName: Lizard Lip Luke.
* AnvilOnHead: Averted. Buster tries to set this up with a safe being hoisted with a rope and pulley, but fails.
* BeachEpisode: Much of the action is set at a country club with a pool.
* BearsAreBadNews
* BlackComedy: Did I mention that Buster spends much of the film trying to die?
* BungledSuicide
* ChaseScene
* CunningLikeAFox
* DiggingToChina: Or in this case, diving to China.
* DraggedByTheCollar: Literally, and by the seat of his pants.
* DrinkingOnDuty: A waiter.
* {{Fanservice}}: The country club's pool is an excuse to put several actresses in bathing suits; later, Buster takes a dip and dresses accordingly.
* GloveSlap
* HorribleCampingTrip
* HumanLadder: Actually, human mounting block.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty
* ImprovisedWeapon: Fishing rod versus handgun.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Some time after Buster tries to hang himself from a tree.
-->'''Safari sponsor:''' "Are you attached to a scientific organization?"
-->'''Buster:''' "I was attached to a branch of the zoo."
* InterruptedSuicide: The first fourth of the film is a series of unsuccessful suicide attempts.
* LargeAndInCharge: Joe Roberts as Lizard Lip Luke.
* LoveAtFirstSight
* LoveTriangle
* TheManTheyCouldntHang
* NobodyHereButUsStatues
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Why Buster hunts for an armadillo.
* OutsideRide
* PaperThinDisguise
* RailroadTracksOfDoom: Subverted in Buster's suicide attempt involving a trolley.
* RuleOfFunny: How Buster survives his high dive.
* ShotInTheAss
* {{Slapstick}}
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Buster wanders into a country club and joins a fox hunt.
* TrainEscape
* UnsuspectinglySoused
* WalkOnWater: Subverted. Buster tries to mimic a man walking on the surface of a swimming pool -- he turns out to be wearing stilts.
* WantedPoster