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22 September 1928 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Keaton's last "true" silent. See more (56 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Buster Keaton ... Buster

Marceline Day ... Sally

Harold Goodwin ... Stagg

Sidney Bracey ... Éditor (as Sidney Bracy)
Harry Gribbon ... Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... The Big Sea Lion (uncredited)

Edward Brophy ... Man in Bath-House (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Vernon Dent ... Man in Tight Bathing Suit (uncredited)

William Irving ... Photographer (uncredited)
Harry Keaton ... Swimmer in Swimming Pool (uncredited)
Louise Keaton ... Swimmer in Swimming Pool (uncredited)

Charles A. Lindbergh ... Charles A. Lindbergh (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Randall (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Swimming Pool Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Sedgwick 
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
Writing credits
Clyde Bruckman (story) and
Lew Lipton (story)

Richard Schayer (continuity)

Joseph Farnham (titles) (as Joe Farnham)

Al Boasberg  uncredited
Byron Morgan  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Buster Keaton .... producer (uncredited)
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Reggie Lanning (photographed by)
Elgin Lessley (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
Basil Wrangell (uncredited)
Production Management
Edward Brophy .... unit manager (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred Gabourie .... settings
Ernie Orsatti .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Dugas .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator: New York (uncredited)
Melbourne Spurr .... publicity photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe
Other crew
Tony Campanaro .... wrangler (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (presents) (controlled by Loew's Incorporated) (An Edward Sedgwick Production) (A Buster Keaton Production)

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69 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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MGM production #366.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Near the end, when Sally and her Boss are watching the part of the tape filmed by the monkey, the shots of Luke bringing Sally to land change, as if the monkey had moved the camera. There's also some movement to fit the characters better, which couldn't be managed by an animal.See more »
Sally Richards:[advice to the aspiring cameraman] You must always grind forward... never backward.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Visions of Light (1992)See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Keaton's last "true" silent., 19 July 2004

THE CAMERAMAN is Keaton's last true silent (SPITE MARRIAGE was without dialogue, but was a "sound" film). Feared lost until a print was discovered in Paris in 1968 and finally made available on video in 1991 when an incomplete master positive was found and merged with the inferior 1968 print, this is very close to Keaton's original "conception" process when creating a feature film. He meets the unattainable girl and then tries to win her. She is uncertain but eventually chooses Buster.

A delightful new piano score accompanies the MGM/UA VHS of this work- sadly now out of print. There are five main characters. There are a number of memorable gags:

1. Breaking the MGM newsreel office door glass times three; 2. Solo on the empty ball field; 3. Running down multi flights of stairs to basement and up to roof; 4. The ride on the tire hub of the E37st bus; 5. Sharing the pool dressing room; 6. Diving and loosing his bathing togs; 7. Riding in the jump seat in the rain; 8. The collapse of the platform during the Tong War.

A delight in the last half of the film is the adorable monkey who interacts so well with Buster and in the course of the plot, saves the day by cranking Buster's camera.

It's a delightful film and full of invention. Very worth seeing.

The master positive used as the basis for the VHS release was missing the entire first reel, plus eleven "bits" ranging from whole sequences (the ball field, for instance) to simple three second reaction shots. When the stock suddenly changes from crystal sharp and clear to washed out and grainy, it makes the single strongest statement for film preservation and makes it "silently."

Don't miss this one!

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