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The Cameraman (1928)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 22 September 1928 (USA)
Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.


Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton (uncredited)


Clyde Bruckman (story by), Lew Lipton (story by) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Buster
Marceline Day ... Sally
Harold Goodwin ... Stagg
Sidney Bracey ... Éditor (as Sidney Bracy)
Harry Gribbon ... Cop


After becoming infatuated with a pretty office worker for MGM Newsreels, Buster trades in his tintype operation for a movie camera and sets out to impress the girl (and MGM) with his work. Written by tvman@earthlink.net

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This has more Laughs in it than Ford has Flivvers.(Print Ad- Picton Post, ((Picton, NSW)) 11 December 1929) See more »


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Did You Know?


When Buster visits Sally at her rooming house, the older woman has the January 15, 1927, issue of The New Yorker. (Interesting also that the rooming house still has a year-old issue of a magazine.) She opens it to page 41 to read the G. Schwabe one-column article "My Country 'Tis of Thee", which recounts a conversation about Prohibition while women players are bidding during a game of bridge. For example, "Harry knows absolutely that every drop he buys comes directly off the boat. He is certain of this because his bootlegger is a fraternity brother of his." See more »


When Buster breaks the glass in the door for the first time, the remaining pieces change in between shots. See more »


Buster: This is *my* dressing room!
Man in Bath-House: Shut up... or it'll be your coffin!
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Buster's "Annie Hall." A charming, fun romantic comedy.
9 March 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

Its sight gags may not be as funny, complex and clever as in Buster's independent films (The General, Sherlock Jr, Steamboat Bill Jr and others), but The Cameraman has probably the best romance of all his films, and is certainly one of the best directed. It has some wonderful sequences in it: the giant crane shot up and down the side of a gigantic stairway setpiece, contains probably the most impressive piece of direction. Buster's face was at its handsomest here, just before his excesses of the 30's. The version i saw had a fittingly gorgeous romantic score, which didn't hurt. Overall, The Cameraman is one of Buster's most charming, enjoyable films. And now one of my favourites.

If you've never seen a silent movie, i'd recommend this as a great place to start. Its such a welcoming, likeable movie. Visual humour does get much funnier than this - but the main source of joy in Keaton movies is Buster's irrepressibly likeable little character, here at his most likeable.

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22 September 1928 (USA) See more »

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