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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.

Director:

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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Company Credits

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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Buster Keaton and Sidney Sheldon--not a good mix
23 July 2001 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

The weird thing about this film is it's NOT the Buster Keaton story at all. The main character is a fictional studio executive named Gloria who falls in love with Buster (inexplicably, as he's portrayed as a graceless, unattractive slob) and puts her happiness and career on the line in order to nurture and protect him as he chases another woman, blows all his money and drinks himself silly. The surprisingly faithful recreations of classic Keaton routines dropped in awkwardly here and there do nothing to relieve the tedium of this glum, sour women's picture masquerading as a biopic.


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