The E-Flat Man

Length: Two reels
Release Date: August 9, 1935
An Educational Pictures Production
Presented by: E.W. Hammons
Distributed by: Fox Films
Producer: E.H. Allen
Director: Charles Lamont
Story: Charles Lamont and Glen Lambert
Photography: Dwight Warren
Sound: Karl Zint

Buster Keaton: The boyfriend
Dorothea Kent: His girlfriend
With: Broderick O'Farrell, Charles McAvoy, Si Jenks, Fern Emmett, Jack Shutta, and Matthew Betz

Two gangsters are out breaking into a drugstore to get aspirin for their boss. Meanwhile, Elmer is trying to elope with his girlfriend, who lives in an upper-level apartment. Unfortunately, she keeps going to the wrong window and throws packages of various sizes down on poor Elmer as he tries keeping balance on his ladder. The police are called to deal with the gangsters, but they slip free in Elmer’s car while Elmer and his girl take the police car and are mistaken for the gangsters. Upon realizing this, Elmer and his girl flee the car and hide in a nearby haystack, where they sleep for the night.

The gangsters are caught and both Elmer and his girl are declared innocent, but they don’t get the news. The next day, needing food, Elmer and his girl start work on a nearby farm. They flee when hearing the police are looking for them. However, they run into the police and flee from them as well, with Elmer at one point disguising himself as a scarecrow. They find themselves at a train station and board a boxcar which, unbeknownst to them, is actually a refrigerator car. When hobos are ousted off the train, Elmer and his girl are kicked off too – and just as they have started a nice, warm fire inside the refrigerator car.

The two decide to “give themselves up” to a nearby Judge Brown, and Elmer is accosted by the two officers they evaded. However, Brown chides them and brings Elmer and his girl into his office to marry them. — Nick Ciccone