History Creator / BusterKeaton

23rd Jan '16 5:06:29 PM JamesAustin
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** The BusbyBerkeleyNumber at the end of ''Film/{{Jackass}} Number Two'' ends with Creator/JohnnyKnoxville doing this stunt. Which is immediately subverted as he is taken out by a surprise wrecking ball out of nowhere.
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** The BusbyBerkeleyNumber at the end of ''Film/{{Jackass}} ''Series/{{Jackass}} Number Two'' ends with Creator/JohnnyKnoxville doing this stunt. Which is immediately subverted as he is taken out by a surprise wrecking ball out of nowhere.
23rd Jan '16 5:04:32 PM JamesAustin
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** The BubsyBerkleyNumber at the end of ''{{Jackass}} Number Two'' ends with JohnnyKnoxville doing this stunt. Which is immediately subverted as he is taken out by a surprise wrecking ball out of nowhere.
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** The BubsyBerkleyNumber BusbyBerkeleyNumber at the end of ''{{Jackass}} ''Film/{{Jackass}} Number Two'' ends with JohnnyKnoxville Creator/JohnnyKnoxville doing this stunt. Which is immediately subverted as he is taken out by a surprise wrecking ball out of nowhere.
2nd Jan '16 8:46:21 AM Doug86
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Unfortunately, stress from repeated clashes with MGM management, the loss of his independence and artistic control, and a divorce from his first wife, Natalie Talmadge (in which she was awarded sole custody of their two sons), caused Keaton's drinking to develop into outright alcoholism. During the 1930s, Keaton slipped from the spotlight. He made two-reel comedies for low-budget outfits like Educational Pictures and Columbia Pictures (the latter has since become a major film production and distribution company), and worked for MGM as a gag man (where he mentored [[ILoveLucy Lucille Ball]] before she got her break as a television comedienne and worked as a gagman for the MarxBrothers' ''At The Circus''). At one point he was institutionalized because of his drinking. He wed one of his nurses, Mae Scriven, possibly during an alcoholic blackout; [[FromBadToWorse the relationship ended disastrously]] (among other things, [[KickTheDog she stole his dog and sold it]]).
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Unfortunately, stress from repeated clashes with MGM management, the loss of his independence and artistic control, and a divorce from his first wife, Natalie Talmadge (in which she was awarded sole custody of their two sons), caused Keaton's drinking to develop into outright alcoholism. During the 1930s, Keaton slipped from the spotlight. He made two-reel comedies for low-budget outfits like Educational Pictures and Columbia Pictures (the latter has since become a major film production and distribution company), and worked for MGM as a gag man (where he mentored [[ILoveLucy Lucille Ball]] Creator/LucilleBall before she got her break as a television comedienne and worked as a gagman for the MarxBrothers' Creator/MarxBrothers' ''At The Circus''). At one point he was institutionalized because of his drinking. He wed one of his nurses, Mae Scriven, possibly during an alcoholic blackout; [[FromBadToWorse the relationship ended disastrously]] (among other things, [[KickTheDog she stole his dog and sold it]]).
2nd Dec '15 2:03:37 AM Morgenthaler
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** Played with in ''SteamboatBillJr'': Steamboat Bill (Sr.) is looking for his son, Willie (played by Buster), whom he hasn't seen in years, at the train station, with only the information that Willie will be wearing a white carnation. He goes up to a man bent down to fiddle with his luggage, such that only the hat and a white carnation is visible, whom he assumes to be his son, only to find that the man is black. The second time is when he's having Willie try on new hats at the haberdasher's. '''Every other hat''' that Willie tries on is a variation of the similar-looking boater (larger, and typically straw), which his father continues to veto. One hat that gets vetoed harder than the rest by his father is a miniature derby, placed rakishly on Willie's head a la Creator/CharlieChaplin. When the trademark porkpie hat ''does'' appear, Buster sees it in the mirror and quickly ditches it, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_DiaL8ETDw as seen here]].
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** Played with in ''SteamboatBillJr'': ''Film/SteamboatBillJr'': Steamboat Bill (Sr.) is looking for his son, Willie (played by Buster), whom he hasn't seen in years, at the train station, with only the information that Willie will be wearing a white carnation. He goes up to a man bent down to fiddle with his luggage, such that only the hat and a white carnation is visible, whom he assumes to be his son, only to find that the man is black. The second time is when he's having Willie try on new hats at the haberdasher's. '''Every other hat''' that Willie tries on is a variation of the similar-looking boater (larger, and typically straw), which his father continues to veto. One hat that gets vetoed harder than the rest by his father is a miniature derby, placed rakishly on Willie's head a la Creator/CharlieChaplin. When the trademark porkpie hat ''does'' appear, Buster sees it in the mirror and quickly ditches it, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_DiaL8ETDw as seen here]].

* Most instances of ByWallThatIsHoley are based on Keaton's famous stunt in ''SteamboatBillJr''
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* Most instances of ByWallThatIsHoley are based on Keaton's famous stunt in ''SteamboatBillJr''''Film/SteamboatBillJr''
28th Aug '15 6:59:23 AM Telcontar
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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 [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheGeneral The General]] 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 [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheGeneral The General]] ''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]]
10th Aug '15 4:59:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* DoomItYourself: ''OneWeek'' is about a pair of newlyweds attempting to assemble a prefabricated house, not realizing Buster's rival has re-labeled all of the boxes.
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* DoomItYourself: ''OneWeek'' ''Film/OneWeek'' is about a pair of newlyweds attempting to assemble a prefabricated house, not realizing Buster's rival has re-labeled all of the boxes.
11th Jul '15 3:09:31 AM Mdumas43073
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Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton, Jr. (October 4, 1895 -- February 1, 1966), was the original [[TheStoic Stoic]], also known as [[FrozenFace The Great Stone Face]]. Possibly the toughest man in show business history; during one film shoot, he ''broke his neck'' and continued with the day's shooting.
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Joseph '''Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton, Jr. Jr.''' (October 4, 1895 -- February 1, 1966), was the original [[TheStoic Stoic]], also known as [[FrozenFace The Great Stone Face]]. Possibly the toughest man in show business history; during one film shoot, he ''broke his neck'' and continued with the day's shooting.
11th Jul '15 3:08:38 AM Mdumas43073
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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'', ''Film/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', and ''Film/BeachBlanketBingo''. He lived to see his silent films preserved,(including some supposedly lost films actor Creator/JamesMason found in a house that Keaton 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'', ''Film/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', and ''Film/BeachBlanketBingo''. He lived to see his silent films preserved,(including preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor Creator/JamesMason James Mason found in a house that Keaton had previously owned) and reintroduced for a new generation, and received a Career Oscar.
14th Jun '15 6:24:57 AM JustKnown
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* AllJustADream
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* AllJustADreamAllJustADream: Used as a framing device in ''Film/SherlockJr". Unlike most examples it's made explicit up front.

* ChaseScene
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* ChaseSceneChaseScene: 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.

* TheComicallySerious
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* TheComicallySeriousTheComicallySerious: Most of Keaton's humor comes from him stoically and pragmatically dealing with increasingly ridiculous situations.

* TheComicallySeriousCoolTrain: 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.

* DoomItYourself
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* DoomItYourselfDoomItYourself: ''OneWeek'' is about a pair of newlyweds attempting to assemble a prefabricated house, not realizing Buster's rival has re-labeled all of the boxes.

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

* {{Frameup}} * FromBadToWorse
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* {{Frameup}} {{Frameup}}: several Keaton films rely on this device to kick start the plot * FromBadToWorseFromBadToWorse: Keaton's shorts mostly relied on seemingly small incidents building to an over-the-top climax

* {{Frameup}} * FromBadToWorse** Keaton made his own hats by modifying store-bought hats using readily available materials, like sugar water to stiffen the brim. He had to because he typically lost them or gave them away by the dozens.

* LiteralAssKicking * LoveTriangle
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* LiteralAssKicking LiteralAssKicking: He even had a signature kick learned from his father, Joe * LoveTriangleVeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: 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. * LoveTriangle: in many of his films

* RailroadTracksOfDoom
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* RailroadTracksOfDoomRailroadTracksOfDoom: Subverted, then played straight, at the climax of ''OneWeek"

* TheStoic
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* TheStoicTheStoic: Known as "the great stone face", Keaton created a persona of an average everyman coping stoically as the world goes insane around him. Ironically his very stoicism allowed him to portray great emotions with small expressions. But this was just his onscreen persona; Keaton was highly animated in real life.
14th Jun '15 4:53:50 AM JustKnown
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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 [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheGeneral The General]] 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.
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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 [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheGeneral The General]] 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. 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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