A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.
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Hollywood (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

The definitive documentary about the American silent film industry.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin
One Week (1920)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts
Seven Chances (1925)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries. By 7 p.m. Today.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, T. Roy Barnes
The Navigator (1924)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.

Directors: Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom
Unknown Chaplin (TV Mini-Series 1983)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.

Stars: James Mason, Virginia Cherrill, Jackie Coogan
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After literally walking to Canada from England, Buster takes a cross-country trip across Canada on a railway motorcar (speeder).

Directors: Gerald Potterton, Buster Keaton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Buster Keaton
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Monte Collins
College (1927)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete.

Directors: James W. Horne, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Flora Bramley
Three Ages (1923)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy, Wallace Beery
The Goat (1921)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.

Directors: John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge, Joe Keaton
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Narrator (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Charles Lamont ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
William R. Cox ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Loyal T. Lucas ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Eleanor Keaton ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Harvey Parry ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Raymond Rohauer ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
John Wilson ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Keith Fennell ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
William Ernshaw ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Grace Matteson ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Ronald Gilstrap ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Harold Terry ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Andy Nealis ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Gil Perkins ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Albert S. Rogell ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Anthony Simmons ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
John Montgomery ...
 Himself - Journalist (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Edward Bernds ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jerome Medrano ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Billy Beck ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Len 'Spider' Austin ...
 Himself - Clown (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Gerald Potterton ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
John Gillett ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Mick Dillon ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
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In this series, we follow the life of the legendary movie comedy giant from his childhood on the stage to his film career. Along the way, we learn of the works of this genius and his methods in creating them. Furthermore, we see how events drove him to ruin and how they turned around in his later years to allow him to enjoy the acclaim that was his due. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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30 September 1987 (UK)  »

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Buster Keaton - Sein Leben, sein Werk  »

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(3 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Best Documentary on Keaton
16 June 2002 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I have to agree that this is the most thorough and well made documentary on Keaton I have seen. Of course it could be longer, but then you might as well just buy all of Keaton's movies and watch those instead and form your own opinion on his life (which this three part series will inspire you to do anyway). If you are looking for something to show a "newcomer" to the Keaton flock, this is it. If you are looking for a complete visual biography, this is it. A must see for anyone who wants to call themself a Buster Keaton fanatic.


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