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A documentary which explores movie comedian Buster Keaton's five years under contract at MGM, where personal problems and studio tyranny nearly destroyed him. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Buster Keaton ... Himself (archive footage)

James Karen ... Himself - Host / Narrator

Louis B. Mayer ... Himself (archive footage)

Irving Thalberg ... Himself (archive footage)

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Christopher Bird 
Kevin Brownlow 
Produced by
Tom Brown .... executive producer: Turner Classic Movies
George Feltenstein .... executive producer: Turner Entertainment
Roger Mayer .... executive producer: Turner Entertainment
Melissa Roller .... supervising producer: Turner Classic Movies
Patrick Stanbury .... producer
Film Editing by
Christopher Bird 
Sound Department
Richard Bytnar .... sound
Stewart Harper .... dubbing mixer
Jim Palmer .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Judy .... camera operator
Ken Morse .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Editorial Department
Nick Adams .... colorist
Rhonda Crowfoot .... telecine transferer
Alan Jones .... on-line editor
Music Department
Robert Israel .... composer: incidental music
John Lanchbery .... composer: incidental music
Nic Raine .... composer: incidental music
Other crew
Bob Borgan .... archival sound (as Bob Borgen)
Heather Cuffy .... production secretary
Lynne Wake .... production assistant
Joseph Adamson .... grateful thanks (as Joe Adamson)
Bob Borgan .... special thanks (as Bob Borgen)
Serge Bromberg .... grateful thanks
Kevin Brownlow .... acknowledgment: film source
Kevin Brownlow .... acknowledgment: still photographs provided by
Robert Cushman .... grateful thanks
Chris Daniels .... grateful thanks
Gary Dartnall .... grateful thanks
A. Edward Ezor .... grateful thanks
Robert A. Finkelstein .... grateful thanks
Joan Franklin .... grateful thanks
Roy Harris .... grateful thanks
Peter Jones .... grateful thanks
James Karen .... acknowledgment: still photographs provided by
James Karen .... special thanks
Tom Karsch .... grateful thanks
Karen Kavanagh .... grateful thanks
Tim Lanza .... grateful thanks
Jo Manser .... grateful thanks
Dick May .... grateful thanks
David McLeod .... grateful thanks
Nathalie Morris .... grateful thanks
Camillo Moscati .... acknowledgment: film source
Catherine Parrington .... special thanks
Ron Rutberg .... grateful thanks
Michael Schlesinger .... grateful thanks
David Shepard .... grateful thanks
Caroline Sisneros .... grateful thanks
Charles Tabesh .... grateful thanks
Patty Tobias .... grateful thanks
Jeffrey Vance .... acknowledgment: still photographs provided by
Marc Wanamaker .... grateful thanks
David Weddle .... grateful thanks
Jessica Wiederhorn .... grateful thanks
Ric Wolfe .... special thanks
David Wyatt .... grateful thanks

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USA:38 min | USA:39 min (excluding commercials)

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Minor Keaton doc, 26 February 2005
Author: Darren O'Shaughnessy (darren shan) from Limerick, Ireland

A short look at Buster Keaton's troublesome MGM years, when he lost control over the films he worked on and went from being one of the most innovative stars in the world to being Jimmy Durante's straight man. Some interesting material, simply served up, though it's very narrow in its focus, and doesn't really have much new to offer about Buster's nightmarish fall from grace. Definitely worth having a look at if you're a Buster fan, though for a much fuller, meatier and satisfying dip into Buster's life and career, you need to watch Brownlow & Gill's magnificent documentary, Buster Keaton:A Hard Act To Follow. The problem is, that film is currently unavailable on DVD -- a shocking oversight which will hopefully be rectified sooner rather than later.

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