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The Buster Keaton Story (1957)

An inaccurate retelling of the life of silent filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton.

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Gloria Brent
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Peggy Courtney
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Kurt Bergner
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Larry Winters
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Elmer Case
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Tom McAffee
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Joe Keaton
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Myra Keaton
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Edna - Larry's Secretary
Robert Christopher ...
Nick
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Buster Keaton leaves his family vaudeville act for the movies. He starts out as a bit player but quickly becomes famous as he acts in and directs his own films. Casting director Gloria Brent is in love with him, but he favors a starlet. When she rejects him, he starts drinking, a problem which only worsens when sound destroys silent cinema and his career. Will Gloria's love and his desire to make people laugh win out? Written by cupcakes

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It's a blues - BUSTER!


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May 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der niemals lachte  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character played by Rhonda Fleming seems to be a composite of Norma Talmadge, Mae Murray, and Gloria Swanson. See more »

Goofs

The marquee advertises The Jazz Singer as being "all taking," which it was not, nor was it ever advertised as such. See more »

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Referenced in This Is Your Life: Buster Keaton (1957) See more »

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Donald O'Connor is good. The movie isn't.
30 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Donald O'Connor does an amazing job recreating Buster Keaton's style and routines in this otherwise dreadful script, credited to Sidney Sheldon and Robert Smith. Buster was arguably a finer comedian than Chaplin, but fell into alcoholism for a number of reasons. This script has so little to do with his life it should never have been titled as it was. Read a real biography, and watch some of Buster's many wonderful movies, including his last, "The Railrodder". I remember watching "Waterworld (1995)", and thinking how poorly it compared to "Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)", not least on value for the money expended on making it. And don't watch another movie until you have seen "The General (1927)". His movies are his biography, not this rotten script.


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