History Creator / BusterKeaton

24th Mar '17 10:33:06 PM CosmicFerret
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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He even collaborated with avant-garde playwright Creator/SamuelBeckett on an unusual project called ''Film''.

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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays1956'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He even collaborated with avant-garde playwright Creator/SamuelBeckett on an unusual project called ''Film''.
24th Mar '17 3:07:17 AM WillBGood
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of ComicBook/TheJoker's {{mook}}s is a [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2443740.html huge, muscular version of Keaton]] (the overall effect, given Keaton's square-jawed, unsmiling face, is a bit like a caricature of Creator/BorisKarloff as the ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}} monster.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of ComicBook/TheJoker's {{mook}}s is a [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2443740.html huge, muscular version of Keaton]] (the overall effect, given Keaton's square-jawed, unsmiling face, is a bit like a caricature of Creator/BorisKarloff as the ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}} Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}} monster.)
24th Mar '17 3:07:08 AM WillBGood
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of ComicBook/TheJoker's {{mook}}s is a [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2443740.html huge, muscular version of Keaton]] (the overall effect, given Keaton's square-jawed, unsmiling face, is a bit like a caricature of Creator/BorisKarloff as the ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein's]] monster.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In the episode "Emperor Joker!", one of ComicBook/TheJoker's {{mook}}s is a [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2443740.html huge, muscular version of Keaton]] (the overall effect, given Keaton's square-jawed, unsmiling face, is a bit like a caricature of Creator/BorisKarloff as the ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein's]] ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}} monster.)
17th Feb '17 9:42:14 AM JulianLapostat
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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor Creator/JamesMason 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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He even collaborated with avant-garde playwright Creator/SamuelBeckett on an unusual project called ''Film''.

He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor Creator/JamesMason found in a house that Keaton had previously owned) and reintroduced for a new generation, and received a Career Oscar.
an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.
17th Feb '17 9:35:35 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (1950) (cameo)



* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' (1963)

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* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' (1963)(1963) (cameo)
16th Feb '17 3:36:59 PM JulianLapostat
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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''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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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/SunsetBoulevard'' (playing himself), ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', and ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. He lived to see his silent films preserved (including some supposedly lost films that actor James Mason Creator/JamesMason found in a house that Keaton had previously owned) and reintroduced for a new generation, and received a Career Oscar.
15th Feb '17 6:31:09 PM deimos415
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* The film ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'' opens with a shot of some classic Keaton stunts projected onto a building wall, as an homage to the kind of dedicated stunt work that would help forge that movie and set the tone for what to expect in terms of action.
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.
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