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Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow 

A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.
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Complete series cast summary:
Lindsay Anderson ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 1987
Charles Lamont Charles Lamont ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
William R. Cox William R. Cox ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Loyal T. Lucas Loyal T. Lucas ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Eleanor Keaton Eleanor Keaton ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1987
Harvey Parry ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Raymond Rohauer Raymond Rohauer ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
John Wilson John Wilson ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Keith Fennell Keith Fennell ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
William Ernshaw William Ernshaw ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Grace Matteson Grace Matteson ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1987
Ronald Gilstrap Ronald Gilstrap ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Harold Terry Harold Terry ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Dean Riesner ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Anthony D. Nealis Anthony D. Nealis ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Gil Perkins ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Albert S. Rogell Albert S. Rogell ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Anthony Simmons Anthony Simmons ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
John Montgomery John Montgomery ...  Himself - Journalist 3 episodes, 1987
Edward Bernds Edward Bernds ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Jack Cummings ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Jerome Medrano Jerome Medrano ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Billy Beck ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Len 'Spider' Austin Len 'Spider' Austin ...  Himself - Clown 3 episodes, 1987
James Karen ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Gerald Potterton Gerald Potterton ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
John Gillett John Gillett ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Mick Dillon ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
William Collier Jr. ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1987
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In this series, we follow the life of the legendary movie comedy giant from his childhood on the stage to his film career. Along the way, we learn of the works of this genius and his methods in creating them. Furthermore, we see how events drove him to ruin and how they turned around in his later years to allow him to enjoy the acclaim that was his due. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Buster Keaton - Sein Leben, sein Werk See more »

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Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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German version runs 120 min (as aired on "arte" channel in March 2004). See more »

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the best documentary about this comic legend
25 April 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This was an amazing documentary. Instead of the usual superficial and boring bio, it's jam-packed full of stories about the film making process and interesting anecdotes you'll hear no where else.

The show was presented in three 1-hour segments--going chronologically through his long career. One of the most memorable aspects was the film discussing his awful "bio-pic" (THE BUSTER KEATON STORY)--how it was mostly untrue and Keaton was not a hard-core drinker. Yes, he did have a drinking problem but it was short-lived and not a defining moment in his career.

Wonderful, thorough and lovingly made--an absolute MUST for fans of silent comedy.

FYI--Another similar project was created by the same writers for Harold Lloyd (AMERICAN MASTERS--HAROLD LLOYD, THE THIRD GENIUS) and Charlie Chaplin (UNKNOWN CHAPLIN). All three are terrific and must-see for fans of silent comedy!


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