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1. Boy (Buster Keaton) meets girl (Marceline Day) when they get squished together by the crowd during a ticker-tape parade. We get a scene straight out of a shampoo commercial: dreamy-eyed Buster clearly thinks her hair smells terrific. When the crowd clears up, Buster and Sally are alone. Buster, camera at the ready, talks her into posing for a portrait. Why does he have his camera with him?
2. Buster, so flustered that he keeps knocking his camera down, takes Sally's picture. He turns to develop the picture, and looks back to see that Sally is gone. Who does she leave with?
3. Buster may not have the latest photography equipment, but he has a sharp mind. He manages to track Sally down to the office where she works. He makes a gift to her of the beautiful portrait he took. Smitten, he doesn't want to leave. What does he do to try to engage Sally's attention?
4. Newsreel cameraman Stag struts in. Buster gets a look at what Stag has -- a nifty camera, an exciting job, and plenty of chances to flirt with Sally. Buster is determined to break into the business. Who tells him what he needs to do to have a chance at becoming a newsreel cameraman?
5. Unable to afford several thousand dollars for a new camera, Buster picks up an obsolete but still functional model at a pawn shop -- draining his bank account to do so. The boss isn't impressed. But a call comes in with a news tip. The cameramen file out to photograph the news event -- and Sally tells Buster he should go, too. What does she send Buster out to photograph?
6. Buster doesn't get any shots of the story Sally had sent him after, so he goes out looking for other filmworthy things. After playing a pantomime baseball game with himself at Yankee Stadium, Buster films "everything from soup to nuts -- mostly the nuts." But the results -- seen in a screening with the boss, Sally, and other cameramen -- are a disaster of double exposures and bad cranking. A defeated and humiliated Buster leaves the office, and hangs back in the hall when he turns and sees Sally. Why has Sally followed Buster into the hall?
7. Sunday comes -- the day Buster had wanted to take Sally walking. Sally hadn't promise Buster she'd call, but he promised he'd wait, so wait he does, from sun-up. Finally she calls, and he dashes over to meet her before she can even hang up the phone. And he comes prepared. He even has money to take her on a proper date. How does he get the money?
8. Poor Buster's date with Sally is one humiliating mishap after the other. The peak of his embarrassment comes when he falls off the high dive and loses his swimming suit. Sally, evidently oblivious of this turn of events, grabs the submerged (and naked) Buster by the hand and suggests they leave the pool. How does Buster get out of the pool without any indecent exposure?
9. Buster spends the last third of the movie with a monkey on his back: Josephine the Monkey. How does he get his simian sidekick?
10. Still following up on a tip from Sally, Buster heads down to Chinatown where -- just as Sally had expected -- a Tong War breaks out. Rival gangs are shooting it out and fighting all around him, and Buster makes his way through the melee, Josephine clinging tightly to him. She even joins the fray, cranking at a machine gun and poking a man in the back with a knife to keep him from attacking Buster. Why is the man trying to kill Buster?
11. Buster ends up trapped, cornered by a gang leader and his men, advancing on him with machetes. It looks like poor Buster is about to be hacked to bits. But Buster can't die; this is a comedy and he's the star. How does Buster avoid what looks like certain death?
12. At last the police arrive to break up the Tong War. One cop, who had been monitoring Buster's increasingly loopy behavior throughout the movie, grabs Buster and drags him off, calling for an ambulance to take him to the asylum. What happens during this scene that is crucial to the plot?
13. Buster manages to escape the cop. Triumphant, he rushes into the newsreel office, but his triumph is short-lived. When he opens the camera, he finds that the film cartridge is empty. And on top of this blow comes a second, perhaps more devastating: Sally is in trouble for giving Buster the tip about the Tong War. To keep Sally from losing her job, Buster promises he'll never return. What does Sally do when Buster leaves?
14. Thrown out of MGM, but still dogged in pursuing his goal, Buster prepares to film a yacht regatta, where he makes a discovery: Josephine had switched film cartridges in Chinatown. Buster starts filming the most interesting thing in sight: Stag showing off in a speedboat with Sally. Due to Stag's recklessness, they get thrown from the boat. Buster risks his life to save Sally, but Stag gets credit and walks off with the girl Buster loves. How does Buster respond?
15. Wednesday morning rolls around. We see Buster's ill-fated movie camera back in the pawn shop where he bought it. Buster is back where he started, but poorer and sadder. How does the movie end?
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