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Buster has played with all the great ones, from George M. In each town we played he would have reunions with some of these talented men. Jingles was jarred right over to the other seat, flying across the aisle just busyer the seat backs reversed.

She even took their two sons and changed their last names to hers. Because Mom only weighed ninety pounds this presented her with a little difficulty back in when our act traveled to the Coast for the first time. I grabbed Sis, and Mom climbed out of the bathtub and got Jingles. Like so many keton his film personas, however, Buster somehow kept going. The second detail was his forgetting that the wardrobe containing our clothes was detachable.

He has been called “the dean of black film history. Unfortunately, slapsticl does not delve into all of Buster’s life, in many cases only giving a short overview of events.

My Wonderful World of Slapstick

oeaton The stagehands then would pull up the curtain a few inches to help me free myself. Because I was also a born hambone, I ignored any bumps or bruises I may have got at first on hearing audiences gasp, laugh, and applaud. Pop ig- nored this the night he walked into the Adams Hotel bar in Bos- ton, which was conveniently situated, being directly behind Keith’s Theatre. He felt the experience would help me become an all-around per- former.


I cut the letters— B-U-S-T-E-R— out of it, and for illumination stuck a small lighted candle in the box so the light would shine through. As soon as Mom and wondderful kids were taken care of, I tore down wonserful the corner saloon to tell Pop about the fire. Still counting on the manager’s word, Pop did not even bother to bring a lawyer with him when he appeared in court and explained about the manager promising to assume responsibility. There were no TV ratings to arouse the jealousy of other stars.

What got my goat was that when Worlr finally did get knocked off for a few days it was due to an accident outside the theatre.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. We had a speedy revenge on The Three Leightons. Buster could not even keep slapstick out of his eleven months as a draftee in our World War I army.

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The Best Books of Famous for his stony, unemotional face, a master of the pratfall, and comparable to Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, and a few others, Keaton was one of the geniuses of the silent era. Pop need only go and point out his trunks and the wrold we used in our act which Pop had insisted on bringing along. We also promised each other never to marry no matter how beau- tiful the girls were who attempted to trap us.

I suspect that Madame Herrmann had never seen our act. Jun 05, Nicola rated it it was amazing. These five lots were condemned soon afterward when the city fathers decided to build a sea wall across them. When we couldn’t think of one more thing to do, Pop yelled, “Pull up the curtain. They saw the prop man-kidnaper jump from the carriage, grab Jingles, jump back, and drive off.

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We appreciate your feedback. I was unconscious for eighteen hours, causing The Three Keatons to miss that night’s performance. Ekaton, he would go into the bath- room, gather up eveiything there in a large Turkish towel and get that stuff on the bed.

Unable to get his slalstick back, Pop said he rushed home and announced that the trip was off, but changed his mind when both Mom and I burst into tears. As she played on, Pop hung a mirror on the corner of the house set, lathered pf face, and started to shave himself with a straight, old-fashioned razor. The theatre got a replacement for us. Pop and I went to work with a ready will, helping the crew but really hampering them by getting our pants and other bits of clothing riveted to the big globe.

Wherever he walked on a stage somebody out front was sure to say quite audibly, “My God! Please try again later.

He is also surprisingly candid about his low points, from bad business decisions and bad marriages to his periods of alcoholism. Willie Hammerstein would bustrr anything— and did. The benevolent Tony Pastor got around that problem by blithely signing an affidavit swearing I was already seven. Jun 05, Miles26 rated it really liked it.

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