Director: James W. Horne and Buster Keaton
Year Released: 1927
Bookworm Keaton wants to impress the girl of his dreams by trying - and failing in magnificent fashion - every sport he can, from baseball to track and field. Though not Keaton's most notable effort - mostly due to a stock setup and one-dimensional characters - it still offers enough classic stunts to amaze: it takes real talent to appear that hapless and clueless. Of course, there's an ugly blackface bit in there (where Buster works as a black waiter at a restaurant), but overlooking that, there's also a charming sequence where, as coxswain of a rowing team, he turns his body into a rudder ... which in reality might slow the boat down, but reality has nothing to do with this.