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The Cameraman (1928)

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.

Directors:

Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton (uncredited)

Writers:

Clyde Bruckman (story), Lew Lipton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

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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Taglines:

BUSTER KEATON WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH 'TILL YOU CRY in THE CAMERAMAN with Marceline Day. (Print Ad- Oxnard Daily Courier,((Oxnard, Calif.)) 5 November 1928)


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Kameramann See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$797,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sally Richards: [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.
7 December 2004 | by tidal-1See all my reviews

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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