Titles Comprise: The Railrodder The Silent Partner Joseph Frank Buster Keaton (October 4 1895 - February 1 1966) was an Academy Award-winning American comic actor and filmmaker. Best known for his silent films his trademark was physical comedy with a stoic deadpan expression on his face earning him the nickname The Great Stone Face (referencing the Nathaniel Hawthorne story about the Old Man of the Mountain). He has also been called The Michelangelo of Silent Comedy. Keaton's career as a performer and director is widely considered to be among the most innovative and... important work in the history of cinema. He was recognized as the seventh greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. A 2002 world-wide poll by Sight and Sound ranked Keaton's The General as the 15th best film of all time. Three other Keaton films received votes in the survey: Our Hospitality Sherlock Jr. and The Navigator. We are pleased to present to you two of Buster Keaton's lesser seen works: The Railrodder A screen short starring Buster Keaton this is one of the last films of the comedian's long career. As the railrodder he crosses Canada from east to west on a railway track speeder. As might be expected the film is full of sight gags as Keaton putt-putts his way to British Columbia. Not a word is spoken throughout and Keaton is as spry and ingenious at fetching laughs as he was in the days of the silent slapsticks. The Silent Partner A seldom seen episode of the NBC anthology series Screen Directors Playhouse entitled The Silent Partner and originally broadcast on December 21 1955. Comedic genius Buster Keaton plays a former silent-film star named Kelsey Dutton. Dutton watches the Academy Awards on television in a bar; in flashbacks Keaton re-enacts Dutton's silent comedies. The silent-film parody is close enough to Keaton's old work to be poignant and funny yet different enough to be part of Dutton's character. This interesting and rare show features Zasu Pitts Joe E. Brown Jack Elam and Bob Hope. [show more]
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This release includes a late silent short starring Buster Keaton and a mid-1950s television tribute to the great comedy actor. Filmed just a year before Keaton's death in 1966, 'The Railrodder' (1965) follows the misadventures of an elderly Englishman (Keaton) as he embarks on an unconventional tour of the railways of Canada, which begins with a long walk across the Atlantic Ocean. 'Screen Directors Playhouse: The Silent Partner' (1955) is an episode of the 1950s American anthology series based around leading Hollywood actors. Directed by comedy veteran George Marshall and based on aspects of Keaton's own life, the episode tells the tragi-comic story of once-famous comedy star Kelsey Dutton (Keaton), who watches the Oscars on television in a down-at-heel diner while others reap the rewards of his formidable talent.