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As someone who moved from vaudeville to gag man to director, Eddie Cline would go to work with Buster Keaton on a number of projects in the early 1920s. Later he directed Mae West, and, impressively, one of W.C. Fields' two best comedies, The Bank Dick (1940). Yet auteurist-centered criticism as practiced by Andrew Sarris and David Thomson exclude Cline's contributions to Hollywood comedy in their work, and even Buster Keaton seems to leave him out of his autobiography. All in all, such a critical gap or omission seems fairly mystifying. Is anyone aware of information or analyses of his work that I might have overlooked in the body of film literature? If so, I'd be obliged for any assistance from NitraVillers.