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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria Brent
Peggy Courtney
Kurt Bergner
Larry Winters
Elmer Case
Tom McAffee
Joe Keaton
Myra Keaton
Larry White ...
Indian Chief
Michael Ross ...
Assistant Chief
Edna - Larry's Secretary
Robert Christopher ...


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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Release Date:

May 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der niemals lachte  »

Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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

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I'm Not Quite Sure What They Were Thinking
4 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Buster Keaton Story (1957)

** (out of 4)

Strange, inaccurate but slightly entertaining bio flick takes a look at the rise of Buster Keaton (Donald O'Connor) and his fall from grace due to the talkies (?!?!?) and alcoholism. The producers might have well called this THE JOE SMITH STORY because those familiar with Keaton are going to see very few similarities between his life and the events shown in this film. I understand that no bio film is going to be accurate because things need to be made up or left out for entertainment purposes. With that said, there's simply so much missing here and so many things looked over that I really wonder what the entire point of this film was. I'm sure Paramount wanted to get in on the bio-craze that was sweeping Hollywood during this period but this film does very little justice to Keaton. If you didn't know who Keaton was you'd never get the idea that he was a genius from this picture. In fact, the majority of the running time is devoted to Keaton's personal life, which includes having his heart broken by a Hollywood vamp but eventually being rescued by the woman (Ann Blyth) who has always loved him. We get a couple re-enactments from Keaton's professional career but they don't contain a single laugh including a pretty weak one from COLLEGE. O'Connor does what he can with the role and I think he gives a good performance but it's just not Buster Keaton he's doing. Blyth is also good in her role and we even get Peter Lorre playing a director in a small bit. No one should come to this film expecting a documentary on Keaton, that's very clear. However, I thought the film was slightly amusing simply because of how many liberties it takes with the truth. You're pretty much constantly glued to what's going on because you want to see what they're going to do next.

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