5 Buster Keaton Shorts

Buster KeatonJust because Buster Keaton week was so fun, and because these shorts are perfect for a dog-day summer afternoon, I’m bumping this post back to the top. Viva la Buster!

Keaton began his movie career working in a series of comic shorts with the then popular Fatty Arbuckle. (Isn’t it funny just thinking about the two of them standing side by side?) Starting in 1920, after the scandal that ruined Arbuckle’s career, Buster made a series of short films for the Comique Film Corporation. Buster co-directed and co-wrote these films (usually along with Eddie Cline). Taking a look at this series of shorts, we can see a nascent Buster Keaton, not quite in the full flower of the talents that will be demonstrated in his later feature films, but getting there. To read my reviews and watch the 5 Keaton short, just follow the links!

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Social media consultant, blogger for hire, and lover of classic movies and silent films. I often watch, consider, and write about movies when I should really be doing other things.

Posted on June 13, 2011, in Comedy, Genre, Silent Film and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. There are so many early Keaton films to choose from. How did you decide on these five?

    • Well they’re pretty much (I think) in chronological release order, after Keaton separated from Arbuckle but before he began making features. The chief reason I chose them is because I had never seen any of them, but I have seen some of the later Comique releases.I would eventually like to review all of Keaton’s two reelers from this period.

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