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
The first film of Keaton's two-year deal with MGM, which he signed on January 26, 1928. The agreement required two films per year and paid Keaton $3,000 per week ($42,500 in 2017). This made him the third-highest paid actor at MGM. The studio paid him an additional $1,250 ($17,700 in 2017) for the story for this film. However, after realizing how much control over his film he had lost, Keaton would later call the deal "the worst mistake of my life". See more »
At the end of the film when Buster and Sally are walking in the ticker tape parade that Buster mistakenly thinks is for him, some newsreel footage shows the parade is actually for Charles Lindbergh after his historic flight over the Atlantic which took place in 1927. Earlier in the film, after Buster purchases his movie camera, he opens his bank passbook and we see his last transaction when the account is closed is June 30, 1928. See more »
[advice to the aspiring cameraman]
You must always grind forward... never backward.
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A kind hearted cameraman tries his best to break into the news reel business, and into a clerks heart.
Buster Keaton plays a kind hearted but bumbling cameraman trying his best to win over a clerk at MGM studios. Despite his best efforts, hilarious mishaps keep getting in the way. Among the funnier skits, A San Francisco Tong war, getting stuck in a dressing room with another man, and his constant antics with a local police officer. The film tugs your heart strings as you wish nothing but the best for this poor man. Strongly recommended if you like a light hearted and family friendly films everybody can enjoy. Fans of Charlie Chaplin and the Three Stooges will find Buster Keaton's work to be a breath of fresh air and even though it's a silent film, no sound is needed to appreciate everything this film has to offer.
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