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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 ... Editor (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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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) See more »


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When Buster first falls into the pool, a black-haired woman in a white swimsuit on the bench behind him openly laughs at his antics. See more »


Has anyone else ever wondered why an office in New York City would have a Union Pacific RR calendar on the wall? This placement has always seemed odd to me. The Union Pacific, which was headquartered in Omaha, did not operate east of Chicago at the time. See more »


Cop: I'll try your reflexes to see if you're goofy.
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Some of it IS brilliant
15 February 2004 | by mik-19See all my reviews

What a delightfully wacky world our Buster inhabited. This one, his first MGM feature, the beginning of the end one might safely say, is about a hapless would-be newsreel photographer trying to get a foothold within MGM, mostly in order to win the sweet girl in the front office. Lost of footage in 'Cameraman' is rather less than vintage Keaton, some jokes aren't as fresh as one would wish, but hey, listen, this is Keaton, the great stoneface. A Deity. Because other footage is simply brilliant. The pathetic pictures of Buster sitting in his little room from the crack of dawn in all his Sunday best, waiting for the girl to maybe ring. When it does ring he has to rush four stories down to get it! Or the scene where he has to share his dressingroom with another gent and their clothes and limbs get tangled up with each other. Or, most spectacularly, the (location?) scenes from the gangwar in Chinatown, dynamic, violent, imaginative. See it, love it - just just expect another 'General' or 'Sherlock' or 'Scarecrow' or 'Steamboat Bill' or 'Battling Butler'.

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22 September 1928 (USA) See more »

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