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The Buster Keaton Story (1957)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | May 1957 (USA)
An inaccurate retelling of the life of silent filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton.

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Sidney Sheldon
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Cast

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 ... Assistant Chief
Nan Martin ... Edna - Larry's Secretary
Robert Christopher Robert Christopher ... Nick
Richard Aherne Richard Aherne ... Franklin
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Storyline

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!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der niemals lachte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Forum Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite what the film portrays, neither Keaton nor his family ever performed in a circus, his father died when Keaton was an adult and his father did not die while performing. One day, the real Buster Keaton visited the set while they were filming a circus scene and Keaton told all of this to a surprised Donald O'Connor. See more »

Goofs

Keaton's wife, a stylish studio employee, continues to wear WWI-era fashions well into the late Twenties-early Thirties. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Buster Keaton (2) (1957) See more »

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A beautiful tribute
16 December 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

While you might not immediately think Donald O'Connor would be the perfect choice to play Buster Keaton, after you watch The Buster Keaton Story, you'll change your mind. Buster was a trained stuntman and Donald was a trained dancer; they each have incredible control over their bodies. After all, if someone's going to portray Buster, it would be sacrilegious for him to use a stunt double, wouldn't it?

There are so many wonderful elements to this movie. If you know and love silent film legend Buster Keaton's stunt sequences, you'll get to relive his glory by watching Donald O'Connor recreate some of his most famous film scenes. Not only is this a treat because this movie was made at a time before audiences could rent or own their favorite films-they hadn't been able to watch these snippets in thirty years-but it's touching to see someone who was in diapers during Buster's heyday give such a tribute to his talent and legacy. Also, if you know anything about Buster Keaton's real life, you'll recognize that this Hollywood recreation is very sugarcoated. If you love Buster, you'll like seeing things turn out better for him, and that he could live out a do-over on the screen. And if you need one more reason to love this movie, here it is: Buster in real life didn't adjust well to talking pictures, and as his career ended, his bank account dwindled. By selling the rights to his life story for this film, Buster was able to live comfortably for the rest of his life. Isn't that heartwarming?


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