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Buster Keaton : tempest in a flat hat

Author: Edward McPherson
Publisher: New York : Newmarket Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This biography traces Buster Keaton's career from his early days in vaudeville - where, as a rambunctious five-year-old, his father threw him around the stage - to his becoming one of the brightest stars of silent film's Golden Age." "Taking what he knew from vaudeville - ingenuity, athleticism, audacity, and wit - Keaton applied his hand to the new medium of film, proving himself a prodigious acrobat and brilliant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McPherson, Edward.
Buster Keaton.
New York : Newmarket Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607706911
Named Person: Buster Keaton; Buster Keaton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward McPherson
ISBN: 1557046646 9781557046642 1557046654 9781557046659
OCLC Number: 58478324
Description: xiv, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Cyclone baby --
Meet the Keatons --
Steamships, a corpse, and broken furniture --
Le cirque Cumeeky --
Up through the ranks --
Back from the back --
The clown to do the job --
Hit parade --
Wedding bells and hard luck goats --
Welcome to the playhouse --
Love on the go --
Six-reel star --
Southern discomfort, or a family affair --
The misfit --
5,000 tons of fun --
Brides, bulls, and butlers --
Mischief on the Oregon express --
Golden villa, campus clown --
The fall of the house of Buster --
The company man --
End of the affair --
The little boy who couldn't be damaged.
Responsibility: Edward McPherson.
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"This biography traces Buster Keaton's career from his early days in vaudeville - where, as a rambunctious five-year-old, his father threw him around the stage - to his becoming one of the brightest stars of silent film's Golden Age." "Taking what he knew from vaudeville - ingenuity, athleticism, audacity, and wit - Keaton applied his hand to the new medium of film, proving himself a prodigious acrobat and brilliant writer, gagman, director, and actor. Between 1920 and 1929, he rivaled Fatty Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, and even Charlie Chaplin as the master of silent comedy by writing, directing, and starring in more than 30 films." "This book celebrates Keaton in his prime - as an antic genius, equal parts auteur, innovator, prankster, and daredevil - while also revealing the pressures in his personal and professional life that led to a collapse into drunkenness and despair before his triumphant second act as a television pioneer and Hollywood player in everything from beach movies to Beckett."--Jacket.

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