Comedy – Buster Keaton – The Street Cleaner & The Cop Chase & The Soda Jerk

DOG ASIDE: Keaton signed with MGM in 1928….a business decision that he would later call the worst of his life….as he realized too late that the studio system MGM represented….would severely limit his creative input…..for instance, the studio refused his request to make his early project, Spite Marriage, as a sound film….and after the studio…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – Four Wheel Brakes – Saving A Damsel In Distress

DOG ASIDE: Keaton started experimenting with parody during his vaudeville years….where most frequently his performances involved impressions and burlesques of other performers’ acts.  Most of these parodies targeted acts with which Keaton had shared the bill.…so when Keaton transposed his experience in vaudeville to film….in many works he parodied melodramas.  Other favorite targets were cinematic plots…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – The General

DOG ASIDE: Orson Welles stated that Keaton’s The General is “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made”.   A 2012 worldwide poll by Sight & Sound ranked Keaton’s The General as the 34th greatest film and the top comedy.  The magazine’s 2002 poll ranked it #15…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – River Junction Jail Break imasportsphile

DOG ASIDE: Film critic David Thomson later described Keaton’s style of comedy as follows: “Buster plainly is a man inclined towards a belief in nothing but mathematics and absurdity … like a number that has always been searching for the right equation. Look at his face—as beautiful but as inhuman as a butterfly—and you see…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – The Detective – Chasing A Thief

DOG ASIDE: In February 1917, Keaton met Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle at the Talmadge Studios in New York City….where Arbuckle was under contract to Joseph M. Schenck.  During his first meeting with Arbuckle….he asked to borrow one of the cameras to get a feel for how it worked.  He took the camera back to his hotel…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – The General Store & The Scarecrow & The Athlete

DOG ASIDE: Buster Keaton wrote, directed and starred in these three (3) wonderful comedy films….plus he performed every stunt in each different movie….as Buster was an outstanding athlete in addition to all his other talents.  Keaton has long been considered the most prolific and successful film director…..who was also the star of each film……for Buster…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – Coney Island & The Restaurant

DOG ASIDE: Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American actor, director, producer, writer, and stunt performer….as Buster had exceptional athletic skills.  He was best known for his silent films……as his trademark was physical comedy…..with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression….which earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”  Keaton was recognized as…

Comedy – Comic Relief – The Shmenges Brothers Polka Band – John Candy & Gene Levy

DOG ASIDE: George and Stan Shmenges and their Polka Band is a wonderful music comedy skit….as John Candy and Gene Levy come up with a new twist on comedy that I will bet you have never seen before…..a comedy piece with a polka band as the backdrop….and guess what!?!….they can actually play polka music. Great…

Comedy – Comic Relief – Betty And Her Boys – Robin Williams & Billy Crystal

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Billy Crystal and Robin Williams do a simply hilarious modern dance routine in this Comic Relief skit called “Betty and Her Boys”…..Man, these guys were funny….and this piece is just side-bending…..enjoy!!!….Oh Robin….we miss you so.