Thursday, January 2, 2014
Buster Keaton Now With United Artists -- January 2, 2014
An ad from the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook. I wonder who took the photo. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.
Posing with a bird on his hat while wearing a dark-colored jacket just proves his courage.
I remember sitting in my grandparents' rumpus room (theirs may have been the only San Francisco home I ever visited that had a rumpus room) when some channel showed an edited version of The General. I loved the movie and I loved Buster and I loved the way my grandfather said he loved Buster.
Later I managed to see some of his short films at the public library. When I was older, I started to visit San Francisco's Avenue Theater, on San Bruno Avenue, where Bob Vaughn accompanied silent movies on the Mighty Wurlitzer every Friday night. I usually went with my wife, who was then my fiancée. There we saw every one of his features except Battling Butler, which I have never managed to see.
I read his My Wonderful World of Slapstick, which I took out from the Main Library.