A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.
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Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

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

Stars: James Mason, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, Virginia Cherrill
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
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
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
Seven Chances (1925)
Certificate: Passed 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. that same day.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, T. Roy Barnes
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
The Saphead (1920)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The simple-minded son of a rich financier must find his own way in the world.

Directors: Herbert Blaché, Winchell Smith
Stars: Edward Jobson, Beulah Booker, Edward Connelly
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
Hard Luck (1921)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Strange things ensue after a young man attempts to take his own life.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
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
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety
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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)
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 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)
...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Andy Nealis ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 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)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jerome Medrano ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Len 'Spider' Austin ...
 Himself - Clown (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 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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I bought this on the recommendations made here.
2 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

I fully concur with all the above. A wonderful film about a wonderfully talented and undersung human being we are lucky enough to have record of in his extraordinary movie clips. The first video is just plain fun and the third video is as satisfying and joyful as the second is painful. Truly a great documentary for anyone who enjoys biography. 10/10


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