Eureka Entertainment to release BUSTER KEATON - The Complete Short Films 1917-1923, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UIK on 18 July 2016. Containing thirty-two films - with a running time of over 740 minutes - this collection documents Buster Keaton's short films between 1917 -1923. Capturing Keaton's first steps in front of a camera this box set charts his early association with ex-keystone Kop Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle through to starring in, headlining, and directing his own box office smash hits. Using Chaplin's old Hollywood studios in 1920, Keaton's sophisticated technical inventiveness coupled with his haunted-yet-handsome 'Stone Face' persona, created a succession of the most timeless, classic comedy shorts ever realised. The masters of cinema series is proud to present the following films in a luxurious four-disc box set, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
College: Coming hard on the heels of Keaton's comic masterpiece 'The General' this was a relaxing romp in both setting and approach after the exacting precision of the American Civil War comic-drama. (Dir. James W. Horne 1927) Steamboat Bill Jr.: Steamboat Bill is William Canfield (Ernest Torrence) the larger-than-life owner of the stern-wheeler 'Stonewall Jackson' which he has operated for many years with his first (and only) mate played by Tom Lewis. Almost the e
Set against the background of World War II and featuring the music of The Andrews Sisters 'Private Buckaroo' follows the fortunes of a reluctant army recruit who struggles to adjust to military life until he falls for the charms of a retired officer's daughter.
A former child vaudeville star Buster Keaton moved into movies in 1917 with an appearance in Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. Within three years Buster was a star in his own right. NEIGHBOURS:Romeo and Juliet given an update and set in a tenement neighbourhood where Buster and Virginia's family fight over the fence separating their respective buildings. ONE WEEK:Newlyweds Buster and Sybil have been given a portable house as a wedding gift. It is the type of house you can
West portrays voluptuous Flowerbelle Lee, whose reputation is tarnished when she is seen embracing a masked bandit in her bedroom. Forced to leave town until she can prove she is respectable -and married - Flowerbelle boards a train where she meets incorrigible Guthbert J. Twillie (Fields). Believing he's quite a catch, Flowerbelle accepts Twillie's marriage proposal. The newlyweds stop in the town of Greasewood where Twillie's exaggerated tales of adventures earn him the honor of becoming the sheriff of the town and bartender at 'The Last Gasp' saloon. Mishaps magnify as West continues her flirtatious ways leading to one of the funniest scenes in the film - when the masked bandit visits again and he's not at all who Flowerbelle expects!
Second Chorus: Trumpet players Danny (Fred Astaire) and Hank (Burgess Meredith) have been avoiding graduation for seven years so that they can continue playing with their college band. They hire pretty Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard) as the band's agent and as she quickly increases their earning power the boys find themselves with flourishing musical careers. Ellen is one day hired as Artie Shaw's band manager and makes plans for Danny and Hank to audition for Shaw. Both ho
Steamboat Bill Jnr. / 1928: A spoiled young man is forced by his father to learn the ropes of river-boating on the Mississippi. After a series of mishaps which land the captain in jail Buster tries unsuccessfully to spring him. The highlight comes in the shape of a hurricane which smashes and destroys buildings and the pier and allows Buster to prove his worth by saving the Captain who is up to his neck in water. Convict 13 / 1920: Golf is the game that brings out the best in
Lowell Sherman (Dir. Lowell Sherman 1933): New York singer and nightclub owner Lady Lou has more men friends than you can imagine. Unfortunately one of them is a vicious criminal who's escaped and is on the way to see ""his"" girl not realising she hasn't exactly been faithful in his absence. Help is at hand in the form of young Captain Cummings a local temperance league leader though. My Little Chickadee (Dir. Edward F. Cline 1940): Rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend. On the train she meets con man Cuthbert J. Twillie and pretends to marry him for ""respectability."" Arrived in Greasewood City with his unkissed bride Twillie is named sheriff by town boss Jeff Badger...with an ulterior motive. Meanwhile both stars inimitably display their specialties as Twillie tends bar and plays cards and Flower Belle tames the town's rowdy schoolboys...
Titles Comprise: She Done Him Wrong (Dir. Lowell Sherman 1933): Lady Lou New York nightclub owner and sometimes singer has plenty of male admirers (and subsequently diamonds too); some she wants and others she doesn't. One of the latter an escaped criminal is on his way to see Lou unaware of her dalliances in his absence. However maybe Captain Cummings (Cary Grant) might be willing to help - once she's seduced him that is! Belle Of The Nineties (Dir. Leo McCarey 1934) Mae West stars as Ruby Carter a popular burlesque singer in this hilarious musical comedy that boasts the musical talents of Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Shifting operations from St. Louis to New Orleans Ruby hopes to escape the attentions of prize-fighter Tiger Kid. Settling in quick she becomes the star attraction at 'The Sensation Club' for both the buying public and its owner Ace Lamont; whose infatuation causes trouble with his old-flame Molly. When Tiger steps into town for a prize-fight Ace has a few cards up his sleeves and convinces him to steal some of Ruby's jewels. Needless to say Ruby is much smarter than those two dummies and has a plan of her own... I'm No Angel (Dir. Wesley Ruggles 1933): The story begins with the bewitching Tira who in addition to circus acts performs some shady business manoeuvres and takes a job as a lion tamer to escape jail. After her first show at Madison Square Garden catapults Tira to stardom she attracts the attention of wealthy but engaged Kirk Lawrence. But Kirk's handsome business partner Jack Claton blows his friends cover and begins a romance with Tira. This time Tira is in love for real and is devastated when a misunderstanding causes Jack to break off the affair. Serving as her own counsel Tira sues Jack for breach of contract and takes him through a cross-examination Jack will never forget! Klondike Annie (Dir. Raoul Walsh 1936): Beautiful Rose Carlton (Mae West) a kept woman of the wealthy and possessive Chan Lo escapes San Francisco's Chinatown on a ship bound for Alaska's gold rush territory. The ship's captain Bull Brackett instantly falls for Rose but she is distracted by her new cabin mate Sister Annie Alden. Exchanging philosophies the unlikely pair develop a meaningful friendship before Sister Annie becomes sick and dies. Meanwhile Bull learns Rose is wanted for murder but tells her he will stand by her. Rose in desperation changes identities with her deceased friend and once in Alaska is inspired to a new calling. My Little Chickadee (Dir. Edward F. Cline 1940): Suspected of being in a relationship with local criminal 'the Masked Bandit' Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) is run out of town; and told she can't return until she's earn't some 'respectability' (read marriage). Setting off for calmer shores Flower meets the con-man Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields); marrying each other for 'respectability' (or the bag of money on his person!). However their destination Greasewood City appears to house a certain 'Masked Bandit'! The Heat's On (Dir. Gregory Ratoff 1943): Believing that her forthcoming musical Indiscretions is destined to flop its leading actress Fay Lawrence decides to leave producer Tony Ferris to star in a revue Tropicana for rival producer Forrest Stanton. Meanwhile Hubert Bainbridge attempts to get his niece Janie (Mary Roche) to be a headliner in Tony's show - In spite of his moral-minded sister (Almira Sessions) wanting to close the whole thing down.
In his last starring role W.C. Fields plays himself having a typical day at his studio Esoteric Pictures. Director Eddie Cline masterfully imparts a certain level of surreal spontaneity to Field's digressions and misadventures. Fields eats breakfast spars with a sarcastic waitress (Jody Gilbert) and then pitches his fractured script to studio head Franklin Pangborn. The script reading becomes a film within a film commencing with the hero of the tale (Fields again playing himself) leaping out of an airplane in hot pursuit of a flask of whiskey. He lands on the bed of an innocent young girl and tries to seduce her before her mom (Margaret Dumont) comes crashing in. Fields then escapes over a cliff in a basket. Things get even more bizarre before Pangborn throws him out and back into a reality that culminates in a lengthy frenetic car chase. There's also some musical interludes courtesy Gloria Jean a singing star Universal was grooming for success at the time. Though Fields undoubtedly bristled at the studio's insistence he share the bill the two actually display a touching rapport in their scenes together; just another small miracle in this truly unique and hilarious film.
Battling Butler / 1921: Keaton stars as Alfred Butler a delicate man whose father decides to toughen him up by sending him to the country. There he is mistaken for the renowned boxer ""Battling Butler"". Rather than admit the truth he carries on with the deceit and embarks on a ridiculous training regime. Things are then complicated by the arrival of the true contender. Haunted House / 1921: A gang of counterfeiters are laundering counterfeit notes in the bank. When some are pla
A W.C. Fields Classic! The Bank Dick features W. C. Fields as Egbert Sous a character who trips up a bank robber and as a result ends up as a security guard!
Vintage WW2 musical with the Andrew Sisters and Harold James & his orchestra jumpin' and jivin' through basic training
A former movie child vaudeville star Buster Keaton moved into movies in 1917 with an apperance in Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. Within three years he was a star in his own right. Convict 13 (1920) - Buster is out playing golf when he gets knocked unconscious by a flying ball. Whilst he is out cold an escaped convict steals his clothes so when he awakes he finds himself on his way to prison where he is to be hanged the following day. The High Sign (1921)
Go WestA fascinating alternative to the manic stunt work and elaborate sight gags that distinguish the films of Buster Keaton Go West offers a rare and satisfying glimpse of his talent for more expressive comedy: charming moments of intimate humor flavoured with rich pathos.Hard LuckSight gags a galore Hard Luck (which Keaton named as his favourite short work) follows a suicidal Buster as he makes a final effort at fitting in with society at a swank country club.
The GeneralBased on a true incident in the American Civil War Keaton plays an engineer determined to recapture his stolen locomotive 'The General' and his girl friend captured by Union soldiers. Often voted one of the best films ever made and said to be Keaton's own favourite this beautifully crafted film has solid scripting meticulous attention to detail magnificent battle scenes and ingenious stunt work.The Electric HouseIn this classic short Buster turns an o
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