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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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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 ...
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Michael Ross ...
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Edna
Robert Christopher ...
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Richard Aherne ...
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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)  »

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Der Mann, der niemals lachte  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Despite what the film portrays, neither Keaton nor his family ever performed in a circus, his father died when Keaton was an adult and his father did not die while performing. One day, the real Buster Keaton visited the set while they were filming a circus scene and Keaton told all of this to a surprised Donald O'Connor. See more »

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

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References The Frozen North (1922) 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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