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Film / The Love Nest

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In this 1923 short, Buster Keaton decides the best cure for a broken heart is a sailing trip around the world. Hilarity Ensues.

Not to be confused with the 1970s television show The Love Boat.

A version of "The Love Nest" can be seen at Google Video.note 


"The Love Nest" contains examples of:

  • Eye Take: Buster, after another crewmember goes overboard for something Buster did.
  • Fade to Black: Used to indicate the passage of time.
  • Irony: The boats' names.
    • Buster starts his trip on the Cupid.
    • The whaling vessel Love Nest is anything but.
  • Klingon Promotion: Subverted — after Buster (accidentally) sends the Captain overboard, he dons the captain's hat and starts issuing orders, but it turns out the Captain is not quite dead.
  • Large and in Charge: Joe Roberts as the Captain.
  • Literal-Minded: Buster's interpretations of "All hands on deck" and "All hands to port."note 
  • Water Is Air: Simultaneously played straight and subverted — Buster is able to walk into the water without any breathing gear and shoot a fish with an ordinary rifle, but the gunsmoke travels to the water's surface in a bubble.


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