Buster Keaton

  • John G. Blystone & Buster Keaton – Our Hospitality (1923)

    John G. Blystone1921-1930ComedySilentUSA
    Our Hospitality (1923)
    Our Hospitality (1923)

    A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family. Keaton stars as youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to find that his inheritance is a shack. And he learns that the object of his affection (Keaton’s real-life wife, Natalie Talmadge) is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. McKay’s personal struggles are punctuated by brilliant slapstick set pieces…Read More »

  • John Sebert – The Scribe (1966)

    1961-1970CanadaComedyJohn SebertShort Film
    The Scribe (1966)
    The Scribe (1966)

    The Scribe is a 1966 short comedy film directed by John Sebert and produced by the Construction Safety Association of Ontario, Canada. It demonstrates the do’s and don’ts of construction site safety.

    The film is the last professionally filmed footage of film legend Buster Keaton shot months before his death from lung cancer on February 1 1966. He recreates several routines from his youth, as well as some new material for the film. Most notable was his recreation of a gag from his 1918 film The Bell Boy in which he mops the floor using only the tip of the mop, little by little while sitting on the floor.Read More »

  • James W. Horne & Buster Keaton – College (1927)

    1921-1930Buster KeatonComedyJames W. HorneSilentUSA

    To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete.Read More »

  • Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton – Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

    1921-1930Buster KeatonCharles ReisnerComedySilentUSA

    Buster Keaton’s 1928 silent movie Steamboat Bill, Jr, now on rerelease, is most famous for that staggeringly clever and ambitious shot of the house front with the strategically positioned open window collapsing on top of our hero, leaving him unscathed. It is a sublime vision of innocence being protected by comically benign forces – famously pastiched by British artist and Oscar-winning film-maker Steve McQueen in his 1999 video piece Deadpan. Steamboat Bill, Jr is a Romeo-and-Juliet drama and also a gently tender story of a man coming to respect and love his son. Bill Sr (Ernest Torrence) is the captain of a tatty old pleasure boat who hasn’t seen his son since the boy was a baby. He’s hoping for a strapping lad to help out with the business.Read More »

  • Edward Sedgwick & Buster Keaton – The Cameraman [4K Restoration] (1928)

    1921-1930Buster KeatonComedyEdward SedgwickSilentUSA

    Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.Read More »

  • Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton – Three Ages (1923)

    1921-1930Buster KeatonDramaEdward F. ClineFranceThriller

    Buster Keaton backed into feature filmmaking with this 1923 effort, which essentially consists of three two-reelers (Keaton’s accustomed format) edited together. The structure is a vague parody of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, with Buster fighting to win his woman from a stronger rival in the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and modern times. It’s good but not great Keaton: the gags are chiefly basic slapstick, with little of the surrealistic refinement and visual sophistication he brought to his later features.Read More »

  • Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton – One Week (1920)

    Edward F. Cline1911-1920Buster KeatonComedyShort FilmUSA

    A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit’s component numbering.Read More »

  • Richard Lester – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

    1961-1970ComedyMusicalRichard LesterUSA

    Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, purchase his freedom. When his master and mistress leave for the day he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women. Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure the girl for young Hero. Of course, it can’t be that simple as everything begins to go wrong.Read More »

  • Edward Sedgwick – The Passionate Plumber (1932)

    1931-1940ClassicsComedyEdward SedgwickUSA

    Elmer Tuttle, a plumber in Paris, is enlisted by beautiful Patricia Alden to help her make her lover Tony Lagorce jealous. Tony, however, is two-timing Patricia with Nina Estrados. Elmer, with the help of his friend Julius, hopes to use the high-society contacts he’s made with Patricia to find a market for his new invention, a pistol with a range-finding light. But Elmer’s attempts to interest a military leader are mistaken for assassination attempts, and with Tony and half the male uppercrust of France challenging Elmer to duels, he is in hot water not even his plumbing skills can drain away.Read More »

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