Karl Dane - "Free and Easy"
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Free and Easy (1930)

Karl and Buster Keaton were very close friends and Keaton gave Karl, who was beginning to feel the effects of sound on his career, a cameo in this film. Here Karl plays himself, being given directions for a relatively innocuous scene involving a mine. Dorothy Sebastian looks on.
Close-up of Karl as the director describes what sounds like a pretty straightforward scene.
Straightforward, that is, until Buster strays on the set and rests his leg on what he doesn't realize is a dynamite detonator! For once Karl finds himself in a mess for which he himself was not the cause.

Free and Easy is available on DVD as part of the Buster Keaton Collection from TCM Archives.
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