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Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow 

A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.




Won 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Lindsay Anderson ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 1987
Charles Lamont Charles Lamont ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
William R. Cox William R. Cox ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Loyal T. Lucas Loyal T. Lucas ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Eleanor Keaton Eleanor Keaton ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Harvey Parry ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Raymond Rohauer Raymond Rohauer ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
John Wilson John Wilson ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Keith Fennell Keith Fennell ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
William Ernshaw William Ernshaw ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Grace Matteson Grace Matteson ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Ronald Gilstrap Ronald Gilstrap ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Harold Terry Harold Terry ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Dean Riesner ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Anthony D. Nealis Anthony D. Nealis ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Gil Perkins ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Albert S. Rogell Albert S. Rogell ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Anthony Simmons Anthony Simmons ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
John Montgomery John Montgomery ...  Self - Journalist 3 episodes, 1987
Edward Bernds Edward Bernds ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Jack Cummings ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Jerome Medrano Jerome Medrano ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Billy Beck ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Len 'Spider' Austin Len 'Spider' Austin ...  Self - Clown 3 episodes, 1987
James Karen ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Gerald Potterton Gerald Potterton ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
John Gillett John Gillett ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
Mick Dillon ...  Self 3 episodes, 1987
William Collier Jr. ...  Self 2 episodes, 1987


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


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A great documentary worthy of a great subject. Simple perfection.
10 March 1999 | by wmadavisSee all my reviews

This is simply a perfect documentary. I cannot find any fault in it or room for improvement, unless it would be to make it an even longer sampling of Keaton's skills. Buster Keaton was a unique master of physical comedy on film and this documentary is a worthy examination of Keaton's life. The music is wonderful. When I see Keaton's films now I wish the music from this documentary was playing with it. Everyone should see this documentary. Many would be surprised at what silent films had to offer.

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Release Date:

30 September 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Buster Keaton - Sein Leben, sein Werk See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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(3 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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