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The Buster Keaton Story (1957)

An inaccurate retelling of the life of silent filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton.


Sidney Sheldon




Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald O'Connor ... Buster Keaton
Ann Blyth ... Gloria Brent
Rhonda Fleming ... Peggy Courtney
Peter Lorre ... Kurt Bergner
Larry Keating ... Larry Winters
Jackie Coogan ... Elmer Case
Richard Anderson ... Tom McAffee
Dave Willock ... Joe Keaton
Claire Carleton ... Myra Keaton
Larry White Larry White ... Buster - Age 7
Dan Seymour ... Indian Chief
Michael Ross Michael Ross ... Assistant Chief
Nan Martin ... Edna - Larry's Secretary
Robert Christopher Robert Christopher ... Nick
Richard Aherne Richard Aherne ... Franklin


Buster Keaton leaves his family vaudeville act for the movies. He starts out as a bit player but quickly becomes famous as he acts in and directs his own films. Casting director Gloria Brent is in love with him, but he favors a starlet. When she rejects him, he starts drinking, a problem which only worsens when sound destroys silent cinema and his career. Will Gloria's love and his desire to make people laugh win out? Written by cupcakes

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It's a blues - BUSTER!


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Release Date:

May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der niemals lachte See more »


Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Forum Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of 2018, this film has never been released on any home video format and no widescreen VistaVision prints have ever been released to television. See more »


The marquee advertises The Jazz Singer as being "all taking," which it was not, nor was it ever advertised as such. See more »


Referenced in This Is Your Life: Buster Keaton (1957) See more »

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Interesting film...even if not factual.
17 January 2006 | by maxcellus46See all my reviews

It's always been the case in Hollywood when "they" go to make a film based upon an actual historical event or do a biopic on an historical figure: they never get it right. The names and dates are usually correct but after that, it's pretty much whatever they think will sell tickets. And this picture is certainly no exception. The shame of it really is that this was made while Buster Keaton was very much alive and still relatively active in show business. But, obviously, he was never contacted concerning the facts about his own life. And that's a real shame. Donald O'Connor is great, for what he's allowed to show of Keaton's genius but the writers and producer were obviously much more interested in portraying Keaton as a base, alcoholic slob without any real feelings. And we who have read the books know that to be totally untrue. I'm surprised Keaton didn't actually sue the production company for defamation of character over this. I sure would have. In any case, despite Mr. O'Connor's valiant efforts to "save" this film, don't bother with it. Watch the documentary "Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow." You'll enjoy that much more.

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