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Three Ages (1923)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 September 1923 (USA)
The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton

Writers:

Clyde Bruckman (story and titles), Joseph A. Mitchell (story and titles) (as Joseph Mitchell) | 1 more credit »
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... The Boy
Margaret Leahy ... The Girl
Wallace Beery ... The Villain
Joe Roberts ... The Girl's Father
Lillian Lawrence Lillian Lawrence ... The Girl's Mother
Kewpie Morgan ... The Emperor / Cave Man / Roman Thug (as Horace Morgan)
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Storyline

In his first independently produced feature film Buster tells of love and romance through three historical ages: the Stone Age, the Roman Age, and the Modern Age. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Six reels of furious fun. (Newspaper ad). See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

There are two references in the Roman section a--one classical and one biblical. The classical reference is to the story of Androcles and the lion (when Buster Keaton is in the dungeon) and the biblical one is to Samson bringing down the temple upon himself and his enemies (when Keaton collapses Wallace Beery's house). See more »

Goofs

The water level in Buster's carafe fluctuates. He nearly drains it, then in the next shot, it's half full. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1995, Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version with an orchestral score; no details were specified on the print. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Public Domain Just Got a Little Bigger (2019) See more »

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Keaton Times Three
20 June 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The misadventures of the luckless Buster Keaton in three separate historical periods.

This was Buster Keaton's first feature film and apparently he made it the three parts not so much for artistic reasons, but because he felt it would be easier to sell the sections as shorts if the feature was a failure. Clever business move, but of course we all know now that he was quite successful.

But the film makes me wonder: when did the idea of the caveman begin? The way they are shown here is pretty much the same way they are in the "B. C." comic strip or the Geiko commercials... but when did this become the archetype?


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USA

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Release Date:

24 September 1923 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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