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The Buster Keaton Story (1957)

 -  Biography | Comedy | Drama  -  May 1957 (USA)
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An inaccurate retelling of the life of silent filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton.

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Cast

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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
Dave Willock ...
Joe Keaton
Claire Carleton ...
Myra Keaton
Larry White ...
Dan Seymour ...
Indian Chief
Michael Ross ...
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Edna
Robert Christopher ...
Nick
Richard Aherne ...
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Storyline

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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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 money the real Buster Keaton earned selling the rights to his life story allowed him to buy some property in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. He lived on the property the rest of his life. See more »

Goofs

Keaton's wife, a stylish studio employee, continues to wear WWI-era fashions well into the late Twenties-early Thirties. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 1 September 1957 (1957) See more »

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Very Entertaining Film
21 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have just acquired a print of this movie on film and it is highly entertaining. I have read some reviews slating this because it shows Buster started in a circus. That is just not true, this film depicts the true fact that Buster worked with his parents in Vaudeville. In the first half of the film there is a composite short titled 'The criminal'. This takes some expertly executed routines from Cops and Sherlock Jnr. Overall highly recommended except it is not on any media. I was fortunate in obtaining a pristine original 16mm print taken from the original 35mm negative - stunning and wonderful to watch on a projector as it was always meant to be seen.


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