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
Closing film of the 17th San Francisco Silent Film Festival in July 2012. 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 »
A Fine Comedy That Gets Better & Better As It Moves Along
This is a fine comedy, nearly as good as some of the earlier masterpieces that Keaton had made on his own. It starts off rather slowly, but gets better and better as it moves along, leading up to a great finish that is fully worthy of Keaton's genius.
The setup, with Buster as a cameraman who desperately yearns to break into the newsreel business, lends itself well to visual gags and also provides Buster with the kind of hard-luck character which he always portrayed so convincingly and humorously. The early parts do move slowly at times, aside from a few good gags - but Keaton apparently once said that there was some good material in the original film that has not survived because the negatives deteriorated (this seems likely, because there are some noticeable blemishes even in what is left in the prints on the current video version). Even so, it picks up steam and gets steadily funnier as the situation and Keaton's character are developed.
And it all leads up to a typically great Keaton finale, a wonderful blend of humor, excitement, drama, and fun visuals. It's fully as satisfying as the finishes in his best films, and any Keaton fan should find it thoroughly enjoyable.
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