Buster Keaton

Sherlock Jr. (1924) starring Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane

Sherlock Jr. [Buster Keaton]

Sherlock Jr. (1924) starring Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane

In Sherlock Jr., Buster Keaton stars as a movie theater projectionist who dreams of becoming a super-sleuth. In one sequence, he literally steps into the screen and brings his fantasies to life.

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Battling Butler (1926) starring Buster Keaton, Sally O'Neil, Francis McDonald

Battling Butler

Battling Butler (1926) starring Buster Keaton, Sally O’Neil, Francis McDonald

Synopsis

Buster Keaton remarked that Battling Butler was his favorite of all his films. Based on a Broadway play, the story revolves around a case of mistaken identity between two Alfred Butlers. One is an effete millionaire (Keaton), the other the heavyweight champion of the world (Francis McDonald). Coincidence brings them to the same backwoods Kentucky neighborhood, where Keaton finds love with a mountain girl. But not before antagonizing Butler-the-brute into a Madison Square Garden grudge match.

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Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection

Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection

Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection

Editorial review of Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection courtesy of Amazon.com

As new generations of viewers discover the magic of silent cinema, Buster Keaton has emerged as one of the era’s most admired and respected artists. Behind the deadpan expression and trademark porkpie hat was a filmmaking genius who conceived and engineered some of the most breathtaking stunts and feats of visual trickery, while never losing sight of slapstick cinema s primary objective: laughter. Produced by Lobster Films, BUSTER KEATON: THE SHORTS COLLECTION includes all 32 of Keaton s extant silent shorts (thirteen of which were produced in collaborations with comedians Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle and Al St. John). These 2K restorations were performed utilizing archival film elements from around the world, and promises to be the definitive representation of Keaton s early career.

Bonus Features: 2K Restorations, newly scanned (in 2K and 4K) from archival film elements | Orchestral scores by Frank Bockius, Neil Brand, Timothy Brock, Günter Buchwald, Antonio Coppola, Stephen Horne, Robert Israel, The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Dennis Scott, and Donald Sosin | 24-Page booklet with detailed film notes and essay by Jeffrey Vance, author of Buster Keaton Remembered | The Blacksmith – Newly rediscovered alternate version of the 1922 comedy, containing four minutes of previously unseen material | Coney Island – Alternate (politically incorrect) ending | My Wife s Relations – Alternate ending | Introduction by film preservationist Serge Bromberg (6 Min.) | Life With Buster Keaton (1951, excerpt) – Keaton reenacts Roscoe Arbuckle s Salomé dance first performed in The Cook

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Portrait of Buster Keaton, the great stone face, in his trademark hat

Buster Keaton photo gallery

Buster Keaton photo gallery – photos, from his movies, publicity stills, behind the scenes, and the personal life of the great stone face.  Enjoy! (more…)

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Pajama Party (1964) starring Annette Funicello, Don Rickles, Buster Keaton

Pajama Party

Pajama Party (1964) starring Annette Funicello, Don Rickles, Buster KeatonPajama Party (1964) starring Annette Funicello, Don Rickles, Buster Keaton

buy Pajama Party from Amazon.com In short, Pajama Party  is an Annette Funicello beach party movie — but in addition to the gyrating young girls in bikinis,Pajama Party adds large amounts of clown-level  zaniness as well. The basic story has 3 intertwining plots – a Martian invasion (led by a clean cut, inept Martian teenager and managed by Don Rickles), a beach party complete with teenage angst, and some inept crooks (including Buster Keaton as an American Indian, still wearing his traditional pork pie hat — with a feather in it). There’s a lot of humor in the movie, with slapstick that borders on the Looney Tunes. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it and hope you do as well. (more…)

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Seven Chances (1925) starring Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer

Seven Chances (Buster Keaton)

Seven Chances (1925) starring Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer

Buster Keaton’s silent film, Seven Chances, in a nutshell, laugh out loud funny — I watched it last night on Turner Classic Movies with some of my children, and we were all laughing loud, long, and repeatedly. (more…)

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Buster Keaton Collection: (The Cameraman / Spite Marriage / Free & Easy)

Buster Keaton Collection

Buster Keaton Collection: (The Cameraman / Spite Marriage / Free & Easy)

Editorial review of Buster Keaton Collection courtesy of Amazon.com

The Buster Keaton Collection presents three of the first films (one, The Cameraman, a near masterpiece) Keaton made for MGM beginning in 1928, an arrangement that gradually ushered the great comic actor and director into the sound era but ultimately deprived him of creative control. (more…)

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Coney Island - Buster Keaton climbing a street lamp

Coney Island – Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton

Coney Island (1917) starring Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John

 Coney Island is a silent short comedy starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, with Buster Keaton in a secondary role. Buster is interesting to watch, in that he hasn’t yet developed his trademark stoneface personality, and can be seen laughing, etc. (more…)

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Buster Keaton in the Twilight Zone episode, Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time – Twilight Zone episode starring Buster Keaton

In a very funny episode of The Twilight Zone, Buster Keaton stars as Woodrow Mulligan, a grumpy janitor living in the year 1890 – as Rod Serling says in the introduction to the episode:

Mr. Mulligan, a rather dour critic of his times, is shortly to discover the import of that old phrase, ‘Out of the frying pan, into the fire,’ said fire burning brightly at all times in the Twilight Zone.

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Limelight, starring Charlie Chaplin as Calvero

Limelight, starring Charlie Chaplin

Limelight (1952) starring Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Sydney Chaplin, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

Limelight is a truly wonderful film; it swiftly became one of my favorites. In a nutshell, it’s the story of a once-great stage comedian (Calvero, a formerly great tramp clown, played by  Charlie Chaplin), who’s been failing in his career, and has become an alcoholic, who saves the life of  Terry, a despondent ballerina (played by  Claire Bloom) from a suicide attempt. The film is a juxtaposition of these two personalities, one who rallies & goes onward, the other who falls further. (more…)

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