One Week

  • Directors: Edward F Cline, Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck
  • Writers: Edward F Cline, Buster Keaton
  • Genres: Short, Comedy
  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts, Lon Chaney citation needed

The story involves two newlyweds, Keaton and Seely, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in “one week.” A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton’s struggle to assemble the house according to this new “arrangement”. The end result is depicted in the picture. As if this weren’t enough, Keaton finds he has built his house on the wrong site and has to move it. The movie reaches its tense climax when the house becomes stuck on railroad tracks and with great effort, Keaton and Seely just manage to move it out the way of an oncoming train. As the couple look relived, the house is immediately struck and demolished by another train coming the other way. Keaton stares at the scene, places a ‘For Sale’ sign with the heap (attaching the building instructions) and walks off with Seely.

The New York Times movie review said, “One Week, a Buster Keaton work, has more fun in it than most slap-stick, trick-property comedies.”[2]