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Educational Pictures

troubled times

rediscovery

later compilations
& documentaries

image gallery

friends & family


Educational Pictures Shorts 1934-39

"Allez Oop" [Feb 1934]
Co-directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"The Gold Ghost" [March 1934]
Co-directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Palooka from Paducah" [Jan 1935]
Directed by Charles Lamont; with Joe & Myra & Louise Keaton
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Hayseed Romance" [March 1935]
Directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Tars and Stripes" [May 1935]
Co-directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"The E-Flat Man" [Aug 1935]
Directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"The Timid Young Man" [Oct 1935]
Directed by Mack Sennett; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"One Run Elmer" [1935]
Directed by Buster Keaton; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Three On A Limb" [Jan 1936]
Directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Blue Blazes" [Aug 1936]
Co-directed by Raymond Kane; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Mixed Magic" [Nov 1936]
Co-directed by Raymond Kane; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Grand Slam Opera" [1936]
Co-directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"The Chemist" [1936]
Directed by Al Christie; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Jail Bait" [Jan 1937]
Directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Ditto" [Feb 1937]
Directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb
"Love Nest On Wheels" [March 1937]
Co-directed by Charles Lamont; with Myra & Louise & Harry Keaton
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Mooching Through Georgia" [Aug 1939]
Directed by Jules White; video not available; full credits from IMDb

Lost Keaton Sixteen Comedy Shorts DVD box set  "Lost Keaton: Sixteen Comedy Shorts, 1934-1937" DVD Box Set [2010]
Kino Lorber b&w DVD set [7/2010] 2 disks for $24.14
option for dubbing in Japanese (!); contains all 16 Educational Pictures shorts (14 of which are first time on DVD) including: "Allez Oop" [Feb 1934], "The Gold Ghost" [March 1934], "Palooka From Paducah" [Jan 1935], "One Run Elmer" [1935], "Hayseed Romance" [March 1935], "Tars and Stripes" [May 1935], "The E-Flat Man" [Aug 1935], "The Timid Young Man" [Oct 1935], "The Chemist" [1936], "Grand Slam Opera"
[1936], "Three On A Limb" [Jan 1936], "Blue Blazes" [Aug 1936], "Mixed Magic" [Nov 1936], "Jail Bait"
[Jan 1937], "Ditto" [Feb 1937], and "Love Nest On Wheels" [March 1937] — omitting "Mooching Through Georgia" [Aug 1939]


Troubled  Times

"Le Roi des Champs-Elysιes" [Nero Films, France 1934]
French-language feature, directed by Max Nosseck; never theatrically released in the U.S.
PicPal/Videobrary may still carry this rare title; full credits from IMDb

"The Invader" aka 'An Old Spanish Custom' [B&C/MGM 1935]
Directed by Adrian Brunel; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"La Fiesta de Santa Barbara" [MGM short; Dec 1935]
All-star cast; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Sunkist Stars At Palm Springs" [MGM short; Aug 1936]
All-star cast; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Hollywood Hobbies" [MGM short; May 1939]
All-star cast; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Pest From The West" [Columbia remake of 1935 'The Invader'; June 1939]
Directed by Del Lord; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Hollywood Cavalcade" [Fox Oct 1939]
All-star cast; co-directed by Buster Keaton, Irving Cummings & Malcolm St. Clair
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Nothing But Pleasure" [Columbia short Jan 1940]
Directed by Jules White; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 6" [Columbia short April 1940]
All-star cast; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Taming of The Snood" [Columbia short June 1940]
Directed by Jules White; video not available; full credits from IMDb

New Moon   "New Moon" [July 1940]
Nelson Eddy-Jeaneatte MacDonald musical
(Buster is uncredited in 2 roles)
Warner Video b&w VHS [11/92] for $19.98
full credits from IMDb

"The Spook Speaks" [Columbia short Sept 1940]
Directed by Jules White; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"The Villain Still Pursued Her" [Oct 1940]
Directed by Edward F. Cline; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Pardon My Berth Marks" [Columbia short 1940]
Directed by Jules White; video not available; full credits from IMDb

L'il Abner   "Al Capp's Li'l Abner" [Nov 1940]
Directed by Albert S. Rogell
Madacy Ent. b&w VHS [11/95] for $4.95
full credits from IMDb

"His Ex Marks the Spot" [Columbia short Dec 1940]
Directed by Jules White; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"So You Won't Squawk" [Columbia short 1941]
Directed by Del Lord; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Screen Snapshots Series 20 No. 1" [Columbia short Aug 1941]
All-star cast; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"General Nuisance" [short 1941]
video not available; credits from IMDb

"She's Oil Mine" [Columbia short Nov 1941]
Directed by Jules White; video not available; full credits from IMDb

Forever   "Forever and A Day" [Jan 1943]
Huge cast, multiple directors
Image Ent b&w DVD [10/98] for $22.49
Home Vision b&w VHS [5/98] for $19.95
full credits from IMDb
Two Girls   "Two Girls & A Sailor" [MGM June 1944]
Starring June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven & Van Johnson (Buster is uncredited)
Warner Video b&w/color VHS [5/90] for $19.98
Great Music Themes soundtrack CD [5/98] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

"San Diego, I Love You" [Universal 1944]
Directed by Reginald Le Borg; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"That's the Spirit" [Universal June 1945]
Directed by Charles Lamont; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"She Went To The Races" [MGM Nov 1945]
Directed by Willis Goldbeck; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"That Night With You" [Universal 1945]
Directed by William A. Seiter; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"God's Country" [Action Pictures March 1946]
Directed by R. E. Tansey; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"El Moderno Barba Azul" [1946]
aka "Boom In The Moon" & "A Modern Bluebeard"
Directed by Jaime Salvador
UMVD VHS [8/87] out of prodn/used; full credits from IMDb

"The Lovable Cheat" [May 1949]
Directed by Richard Oswald, starring Charles Ruggles
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"You're My Everything" [Fox musical 1949]
Starring Dan Dailey & Anne Baxter; video not available; full credits from IMDb


Rediscovery

"In The Good Old Summertime" [M.G.M. July 1949]
In The Good Old Summertime musical feature starring Judy Garland & Van Johnson  A musical version of Lubitch's "The Shop Around The Corner" [1940]: Two young people who can't stand each other at their job are unknowingly romantic pen-pals. Co-directed & co-written by & co-starring Buster Keaton {uncredited}; co-directed by Robert Z. Leonard; starring Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall & Spring Byington
Warner Home Video color DVD [4/2004] for $14.99
Warner Home Video color VHS [5/90] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb

"Sunset Boulevard: A Hollywood Story"
[Paramount Aug 1950]
Sunset Blvd 1950 movie directed by Billy Wilder  Joe is an unsuccessful screenwriter who has another script rejected by the studio; fleeing the men trying to repossess his car, he hides in a garage at a Sunset Blvd. mansion; the owner is Norma Desmond, a failed star who asks Joe to help polish the script intended to ignite her comeback on the screen. The butler moves Joe's possessions into the mansion where he is essentially a 'kept man'; that is okay, but Joe is horrified to learn that Norma thinks that she is in love with him. She sends the completed script to DeMille at Paramount, then drives her rare limousine to the studio for a confrontation. Joe has been working with a studio secretary on another script, and the pair have fallen in love. Joe tells Norma, Norma calls the girl to bad-mouth Joe, Joe invites the girl to the mansion to see for herself. After the girl leaves, Norma shoots Joe, his body falls into the pool. By the time the police arrive, Norma is lost in fantasy; the butler persuades her that the waiting cops and news reporters are part of her new movie, so she descends the staircase and utters the famous line "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up". • Co-written & co-produced by Charles Brackett; co-written & directed by Billy Wilder; co-written by D.M. Marshman Jr.; starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Jack Webb, Julia Faye & Henry Wilcoxon; cameos by Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper, Buster Keaton, Anna Q. Nilsson & H.B. Warner; won Oscars for Best Original Script, Best Music Score & Best B&W Art Direction, also Oscar nomiations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, Best B&W Cinematography & Best Editing; won W.G.A. Award; nominated for D.G.A. Award; listed on National Film Registry (1989)
watch the theatrical trailer [3:14] at YouTube
not yet available on Blu-ray
Paramount b&w DVD [11/2002] for $18.74
Paramount b&w DVD [11/2008] 2 disks out of prodn/used
Paramount b&w VHS [1/96] for $14.95
Paramount b&w VHS [undated] for $7.40
full credits at IMDb • film entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopsis & history, DVDs, books, posters) at
Magic Lantern's "Sunset Blvd." 1950 Movie Page

Misadventures of Buster Keaton 1950  "The Misadventures of Buster Keaton" [1950]
Anchor Bay b&w VHS [9/91] for $9.99
Stardance Ent b&w VHS [12/94] for $19.95
credits at IMDb

"The Buster Keaton Show" [weekly tv series 1950]
"Life with Buster Keaton" [tv show 1951]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Herrliche Zeiten (Wonderful Times)" [April 1951]
All-star cast; video not available; full credits from IMDb

Limelight  Charlie Chaplin's "Limelight" [United Artists 1952]
Starring Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce & Buster Keaton
Fox Video b&w VHS [11/92] for $19.98
Image Ent b&w DVD [4/2000] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

"Paradise For Buster" [1952 John Deere commercial?]
Directed by Del Lord; video not available; full credits from IMDb

"L'Incantevole Nemica" [1952]
Italian language feature; full credits from IMDb

"The Silent Partner" [Hal Roach/NBC-TV Dec 1955]
Co-written & directed by George Marshall; starring Buster Keaton, Zasu Pitts, Joe E. Brown, Jack Kruschen & Jack Elam;
video/DVD not available; episode credits at IMDb

Around the World in 80 Days   "Around The World In 80 Days" [Todd/UA Oct 1956]
Starring David Niven, Cantinflas & Shirley MacLaine
Warner color VHS [2/2002] 2 tapes for $17.98
Warner VHS w/Spanish subtitles [2/2002] 2 tapes for $17.98
Universal/MCA soundtrack CD [1/87] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn movie directed by Michael Curtiz  "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" [MGM Aug 1960]
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Turner Home Video VHS [8/94] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb
Twilight Zone  Twilight Zone: "Once Upon A Time" [tv series episode Dec 15, 1960]
Image Ent DVD [Vol 10 4/2001] 4 episodes for $13.49
Fox b&w VHS [Vol 20 9/94] 2 episodes for $12.98
episode info from TV Tome

Buster Keaton clips & shorts are featured on the 1960 & 1963 volumes of
Robert G. Youngson's "Kings of Comedy Collection" documentaries
"The Golden Age of Comedy" [D.C.A. Dec 1957]
"When Comedy Was King" [Fox March 1960]
"Days of Thrills and Laughter" [Fox March 1961]
"30 Years of Fun" [Fox Feb 1963]

these & other Buster Keaton content are available on
Magic Lantern's Robert G. Youngson [1917-74] Page

"Ten Girls Ago" [filmed 1962, but never released]
video not available; not listed on IMDb

"Nickelodeon Days" [1962]
compilation including Keaton's "Cops" of 1922
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"The Triumph of Lester Snapwell" [industrial short 1963]
video not available; credits from IMDb

"The Sound of Laughter" [Union Film compilation 1963]
Directed by John O'Shaughnessy
video not available; full credits from IMDb

Great Chase  "The Great Chase" documentary [Continental Distributing Dec 1962]
Produced, co-written & edited by Harvey Cort; narrated by Frank Gallop; with archive footage of Richard Barthelmess, Noah Beery, Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish, Jetta Goudal, William S. Hart, Buster Keaton, Rod La Rocque, Marion Mack, Ruth Roland, Mack Sennett & Pearl White
Image Ent. b&w DVD [6/99] out of prodn/used
Home Vision b&w VHS [10/96] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Mad, Mad World  "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" [U.A. Nov 1963]
Directed by Stanley Kramer; all-star cast
MGM/UA color VHS [8/95] 2 tapes for $22.48
MGM/UA color DVD [9/2001] for $14.98
Ryko soundtrack CD [11/97] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

Big Parade of Comedy  "M.G.M.'s Big Parade of Comedy" [M.G.M. Sept 1964]
Co-produced, written & directed by Robert Youngson; narrated by Les Tremayne; featuring clips of Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Lucille Ball, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Benchley, Marion Davies, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, W.C. Fields, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Jean Harlow, Ted Healy & The Three Stooges, Katharine Hepburn, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Carole Lombard, The Marx Brothers, "The Thin Man" [1934] & Spencer Tracy
DVD/Blu-ray not available; Warner Video b&w VHS [1/93] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb
Pajama Party  
"Pajama Party" [AIP Nov 1964]
Starring Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon, with Buster as 'Chief Rotten Eagle'
MGM/UA color VHS [7/2001] for $9.94
MGM/UA color DVD [12/2001] for $13.46
full credits from IMDb

"The Man Who Bought Paradise" [tv movie Jan 1965]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

Beach Blanket Bingo   "Beach Blanket Bingo" [AIP April 1965]
Starring Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon
Goodtimes color VHS [4/95] for $7.95
MGM/UA widescreen DVD [6/2001] for $13.46
full credits from IMDb
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini   "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" [AIP July 1965]
Starring Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon
MGM/UA color VHS [7/2001] for $9.94
MGM/UA widescreen DVD [5/2001] for $13.46
full credits from IMDb

"Sergeant Deadhead" [AIP Aug 1965]
Starring Frankie Avalon & Deborah Walley; video not available; full credits from IMDb

The Railrodder   "The Railrodder" {aka 'The Railroader'}
[25-minute National Film Board of Canada short 1965]

full credits from IMDb
plus 'Buster Keaton Rides Again' [docu 1965]
(55-minute NFBC documentary on the making of 'The Railrodder')

full credits from IMDb
(both) Kino Video VHS [11/96] for $29.95
(both) Image Ent DVD [2/2001] for $22.49

Samuel Beckett's "Film" silent short [Evergreen/B.F.I. Jan 1966]
Samuel Beckett's silent short 'Film' starring Buster Keaton  20-minute silent b&w short film • An old man attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye, but his very existence conspires against his efforts • Filmed in New York City; directed by Alan Schneider; written by Samuel Beckett; cinematography by Boris Kaufman, ASC; starring Buster Keaton, Nell Harrison, James Karen, Susan Reed
video/DVD/Blu-ray not available • Amazon Instant Video [undated] available by signing up with Fandor
credits at IMDb • watch movie [1/2017 upload; 17:28] online at YouTube
"Film: complete scenario / illustrations / production shots" [1971] by Samuel Beckett
Grove Press 7¾x5 pb [7/71] out of print/used
"Film: A Screen Play by Samuel Beckett" [British Film Institute 1979]
26-minute short more-or-less based on a film script by Samuel Beckett; directed by David Rayner Clark • full credits at IMDb

Notfilm documentary by Ross Lipman  "Notfilm: A Kino-Essay" [Milestone Film & Video April 2016]
A 2-hour 10-minute documentary about the making of the silent 20-minute Samuel Beckett & Buster Keaton collabo-ration "Film" in 1965; bonus material includes outtakes and 5 docu-shorts • Written, directed, edited & narrated by Ross Lipman; featuring film historian Kevin Brownlow, Judith Douw, S.E. Gontarski, James Karen, Beckett's biographer James Knowlson, Leonard Maltin, Mark Nixon, Barney Rosset, Steve Schapiro, Jeannette Seaver, Haskell Wexler & Billie Whitelaw; with archive sound of Samuel Beckett and archive footage of Boris Kaufman, Buster Keaton, Milton Perlman, Charles Chaplin, Alan Schneider, Dick Seaver, J. Schneider
Milestone Films widescreen color/b&w Blu-ray [3/2017] 2 disks for $24.99
Milestone Films widescreen color/b&w DVD [3/2017] 2 disks for $22.99
Amazon Instant Video [undated] available by signing up with Fandor
full credits at IMDb • official movie website • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailers online at YouTube: 1/2016 trailer #1 [2:04] • 7/2016 trailer #2 [1:43]

"The Scribe" [30-minute Canadian b&w short May 1966]
Directed by John Sebert; video not available; full credits from IMDb

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum  "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" [Quadrangle/UA Oct 1966]
Directed by Richard Lester
MGM/UA color DVD [5/2001] for $16.99
MGM/UA color VHS [1/98] for $13.99
Ryko soundtrack CD [7/98] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

"War Italian Style" {aka 'Due marines e un generale'} [filmed 1965, released Jan 1967]
video not available; full credits from IMDb


Later  Compilations  &  Documentaries

"The Great Stone Face" [1968]
video not available; credits from IMDb

Four Clowns comedy anthology  "Four Clowns" [Fox b&w docu feature 1970]
Written & directed by Robert Youngson; co-starring Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb
That's Entertainment documentary feature directed by Jack Haley, Jr.  "That's Entertainment!: 50 Years of M.G.M." [M.G.M. June 1974]
Co-produced, written & directed by Jack Haley, Jr.; various segments were hosted by the studio's legendary (and then-living) stars: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother, Judy Garland), Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, and Elizabeth Taylor
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [10/2004] for $17.99
full credits from IMDb • Part 1 movie entry at Wikipedia
Hollywood tv  "Hollywood" Volume 10: "The Man With The Megaphone"
[Thames Television/HBO mini-series 1980]

Written & directed by Kevin Brownlow & David Gill
H.B.O. VHS [Vol 10] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act To Follow mini-series  "Buster Keaton: A Hard Act To Follow" [H.B.O. mini-series 1987]
Written & directed by Kevin Brownlow & David Gill
H.B.O. b&w VHS box set [8/89] 3 tapes for $34.99
"From Vaudeville To Movies": b&w [8/89] out of stock/used
"Star Without A Studio": b&w [8/89] out of stock/used
"Genius Recognized": b&w [8/89] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

"The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies" [Silver/HBO tv 1995]
Co-written & directed by Chuck Workman; video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb

Art of Buster Keaton collection  "The Art of Buster Keaton" [1995]
includes ten features & 20 shorts [plus bonus goodies on DVD set]
Kino Video b&w DVD box set [11/2001] 11 disks for $179.96
Volume 1 = 8 films on 3 tapes: Kino Video b&w VHS [11/2001] for $52.95
Volume 2 = 12 films on 4 tapes: Kino Video b&w VHS [11/2001] for $69.95
Volume 3 = 10 films on 3 tapes: Kino Video b&w VHS [11/2001] for $52.95
credits from IMDb


Image  Gallery

Buster Keaton studying to be a detective, from 'Sherlock Jr.' (cropped)           U.S. 29-cent postage stamp of Buster Keaton (caricature by Al Hirschfeld)           young Buster Keaton on break during filmmaking


Friends  &  Family
Buster Keaton was born in 1895 in Piqua, Kansas; he grew up performing on the vaudeville stage;
his movie career lasted from 1917 to 1966; he died at age 70 at home in Woodland Hills, California in February 1966.

father Joseph Frank 'Joe' Keaton V [1867-1946]
mother Myra Keaton [1894-1946]
brother Harry Stanley Keaton [1904-83]
sister Louise Dresser Keaton [1906-81]

first wife Natalie Talmadge Keaton [1896-1969] - married 1921, acrimonious divorce 1932
son James Keaton Talmadge [1922-2007] later Joseph Talmadge 'Buster Jr.' Keaton
granddaughter Camille Keaton [b. 1950]
son Robert Keaton 'Bob' Talmadge [1924-2009]

actress Dorothy Sebastian {Stella Dorothy Sabiston Stafford Boyd Shapiro} [1903-57] - lovers circa 1929-30

second wife Mae Elizabeth Scriven Keaton [1905-?] - married 1933, divorced 1936

third wife Eleanor Norris Keaton [1918-98] - married 1940, widowed 1966


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