History Creator / BusterKeaton

13th Dec '16 3:52:12 PM TonyG
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* The main character of the Academy Award winning animated short ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFlyingBooksOfMrMorrisLessmore'' is patterned after Keaton, with the opening hurricane sequence being a direct shout out to ''Film/SteamboatBillJr''.
30th Nov '16 9:31:56 AM 06tele
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* DullSurprise: His vacant reactions provided a lot of humour in his silent films. His "talkie" projects also used his mellow, low pitched voice for this effect, being perfect for delivering deadpan retorts.

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* DullSurprise: His vacant reactions provided This is normally a lot of humour in bad thing, but Keaton turned it into comedy gold by using it as his silent films.stock reaction to utter catastrophe. His "talkie" projects also used his mellow, low pitched voice for this effect, being perfect for delivering deadpan retorts.
27th Nov '16 8:10:41 PM PaulA
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* ChaseScene: A Keaton trademark, his masterpiece ''TheGeneral'' is essentially one long chase scene. And his many foot chases reveal that in his younger, fitter days Keaton was a world class sprinter, fast enough to make normal scenes look undercranked.

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* ChaseScene: A Keaton trademark, his masterpiece ''TheGeneral'' ''Film/TheGeneral'' is essentially one long chase scene. And his many foot chases reveal that in his younger, fitter days Keaton was a world class sprinter, fast enough to make normal scenes look undercranked.



* CoolTrain: Keaton loved trains, likely from growing up on them traveling from vaudeville house to vaudeville house. His masterwork, ''TheGeneral'', is the story of a young confederate desperate to retrieve his cool train after it has been stolen by union forces.

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* CoolTrain: Keaton loved trains, likely from growing up on them traveling from vaudeville house to vaudeville house. His masterwork, ''TheGeneral'', ''Film/TheGeneral'', is the story of a young confederate desperate to retrieve his cool train after it has been stolen by union forces.



* EpicFail: And some of them are truly epic, like the train falling through the bridge in the climax of ''TheGeneral''.

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* EpicFail: And some of them are truly epic, like the train falling through the bridge in the climax of ''TheGeneral''.''Film/TheGeneral''.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Keaton's masterpiece ''TheGeneral'' is based on an actual incident from the AmericanCivilWar. Keaton's renaissance in the early 60's may have inspired Disney to make a dramatic feature more closely based on the same incident.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Keaton's masterpiece ''TheGeneral'' ''Film/TheGeneral'' is based on an actual incident from the AmericanCivilWar. Keaton's renaissance in the early 60's may have inspired Disney to make a dramatic feature more closely based on the same incident.
12th Nov '16 3:43:08 PM nombretomado
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* In the RomanticComedy ''Film/BennyAndJoon,'' the character played by JohnnyDepp, Sam, is introduced reading the book ''The Look of Creator/BusterKeaton,'' wears an outfit reminiscent of Buster's, and performs Keatonesque bits of silent comedy.

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* In the RomanticComedy ''Film/BennyAndJoon,'' the character played by JohnnyDepp, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Sam, is introduced reading the book ''The Look of Creator/BusterKeaton,'' wears an outfit reminiscent of Buster's, and performs Keatonesque bits of silent comedy.
11th Oct '16 6:00:42 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/SpiteMarriage'' (1929)
8th Oct '16 11:31:08 AM jamespolk
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Things turned around for Keaton in the 1940s. He met and married his third wife, Eleanor Norris, who helped him get his drinking under control and sometimes worked as his partner in comedy routines. This led to Buster's engagement at France's Cirque Medrano, where he drew enthusiastic audiences. A 1949 article by James Agee in ''LIFE'' magazine (see quote above) renewed interest in Keaton, and his career picked up: he starred in a short-lived TV series; guest-starred on other shows, including ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/{{Route 66}}'', and ''Series/CandidCamera''; appeared in many commercials; and performed memorable cameos and supporting roles in such films as ''Film/InTheGoodOldSummertime'', ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', and ''Film/BeachBlanketBingo''. He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor James Mason found in a house that Keaton had previously owned) and reintroduced for a new generation, and received a Career Oscar.

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Things turned around for Keaton in the 1940s. He met and married his third wife, Eleanor Norris, who helped him get his drinking under control and sometimes worked as his partner in comedy routines. This led to Buster's engagement at France's Cirque Medrano, where he drew enthusiastic audiences. A 1949 article by James Agee in ''LIFE'' magazine (see quote above) renewed interest in Keaton, and his career picked up: he starred in a short-lived TV series; guest-starred on other shows, including ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/{{Route 66}}'', and ''Series/CandidCamera''; appeared in many commercials; and performed memorable cameos and supporting roles in such films as ''Film/InTheGoodOldSummertime'', ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', and ''Film/BeachBlanketBingo''.''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor James Mason found in a house that Keaton had previously owned) and reintroduced for a new generation, and received a Career Oscar.


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* ''Film/FreeAndEasy'' (1930)


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!!Later film roles

* ''Film/{{Limelight}}'' (1952)
* ''[[Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays1956 Around the World in Eighty Days]]'' (1956)
* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' (1963)
* ''Film/BeachBlanketBingo'' (1965)
* ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' (1966)

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24th Sep '16 3:41:51 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheDanza: Keaton, in many of the shorts.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Keaton's masterpiece ''TheGeneral'' is based on an actual incident from the AmericanCivilWar. Keaton's renaissance in the early 60's may have inspired Disney to make a dramatic feature more closely based on the same incident.



* NoStuntDouble: And he paid the penalty more than once.


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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Keaton's masterpiece ''TheGeneral'' is based on an actual incident from the AmericanCivilWar. Keaton's renaissance in the early 60's may have inspired Disney to make a dramatic feature more closely based on the same incident.
4th Aug '16 11:38:35 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* BadassAdorable: No matter how much of a ButtMonkey he appears, he still can kick ass and is not afraid of ridiculously dangerous situation. In ''Film/TheCameraman'' he stands in the middle of a gang fight to shoot news material on it ''and provokes the gangsters to get better pictures''.
22nd Jun '16 8:45:23 AM Rday
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* ''Film/TheRailrodder'' (1965)
19th Jun '16 9:24:42 AM jamespolk
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Eventually, when the act's fortunes declined and Joe got too drunk and disorderly to work with safely[[note]] Speaking of safety, Keaton repeatedly stated in interviews that he never suffered an injury as a result of being thrown; their act was designed to look improvised and violent, but in reality was quite planned and controlled.[[/note]], Buster Keaton struck out on his own. He got into film with his good friend, [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle]], then one of the top comedy movie stars. Following Fatty's tragic fall from grace, Keaton formed his own production company, starring in and directing some of the most innovative comedy films of his day. From this period, his full-length film ''Film/TheGeneral'' is still considered one of the best silent films ever made. He was also never afraid of new technology: for instance, for a major silent movie star at the dawn of sound films, he ''wanted'' to get into them right away. After his company was dissolved, Keaton signed a contract with [[MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]. The best of his MGM films are the silents ''TheCameraman'' and ''SpiteMarriage''. He then began making sound pictures in which he was often teamed with JimmyDurante.[[note]] Unlike many silent film stars who were ruined because their voices were odd or otherwise did not match their images, Keaton's strong barritone voice and vaudeville-honed acting and singing skills allowed him to make the transition without much difficulty. He was even a great dancer, as one would expect from his acrobatic skills, though he rarely got a chance to display that on screen.[[/note]]

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Eventually, when the act's fortunes declined and Joe got too drunk and disorderly to work with safely[[note]] Speaking of safety, Keaton repeatedly stated in interviews that he never suffered an injury as a result of being thrown; their act was designed to look improvised and violent, but in reality was quite planned and controlled.[[/note]], Buster Keaton struck out on his own. He got into film with his good friend, [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle]], then one of the top comedy movie stars. Following Fatty's tragic fall from grace, Keaton formed his own production company, starring in and directing some of the most innovative comedy films of his day. From this period, his full-length film ''Film/TheGeneral'' is still considered one of the best silent films ever made. He was also never afraid of new technology: for instance, for a major silent movie star at the dawn of sound films, he ''wanted'' to get into them right away. After his company was dissolved, Keaton signed a contract with [[MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]. The best of his MGM films are the silents ''TheCameraman'' ''Film/TheCameraman'' and ''SpiteMarriage''.''Film/SpiteMarriage''. He then began making sound pictures in which he was often teamed with JimmyDurante.[[note]] Unlike many silent film stars who were ruined because their voices were odd or otherwise did not match their images, Keaton's strong barritone voice and vaudeville-honed acting and singing skills allowed him to make the transition without much difficulty. He was even a great dancer, as one would expect from his acrobatic skills, though he rarely got a chance to display that on screen.[[/note]]
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