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
Ann Blyth's character was a composite of Keaton's three wives. When Keaton's second wife Mae tried to sue Paramount for defamation of character, it was easily proved that she was not a specific character in the movie. See more »
Keaton's wife, a stylish studio employee, continues to wear WWI-era fashions well into the late Twenties-early Thirties. See more »
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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