Read “My Wonderful World Of Slapstick” by Buster Keaton with Rakuten Kobo. Over half century ago the society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Review: My Wonderful World of Slapstick by Buster Keaton, Charles Samuels. Ernest Callenbach. FILM QUART Vol. 13 No. 3, Spring, (p. 62) DOI: /. An intimate, personal story of Buster Keaton’s private and professional life.

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At the end of the act Joe Keaton, black and blue, made one of his best ad libs. He also tells of the many pranks played on himself and other fellow comedians, all in good fun, but hilarious-sounding even today. His first wife, Natalie Talmadge, by all accounts was a spoiled and vengeful woman that took everything he had includ If you are interested in Buster Keaton and his films this book is a must.

Pop was just over voting age in when Oklahoma Bill, a promoter with a long beard and a longer imagination, came to Terre Haute and told of the great fortunes homesteaders could make in that new terri- tory. The second detail was his forgetting that the wardrobe containing our clothes was detachable. Can feel like a recording of his reminiscing. So the Leighton Brothers, who did a song, dance, and comedy skapstick, got us very nervous when they bustef threatening to tie a German flag to our broom.

During our geography lesson our teacher asked: I would argue that talkies made dramatic pictures much better but have never really improved the kind of comedies made by Chaplin and Keaton.

He has been called “the dean of black film history. What is refreshing about Keaton’s book is that he is not afraid to share his work ethics, salaries, and details of his tricks. To ask other readers questions about My Wonderful World of Slapstickplease sign up. 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.

The marriage lasted until his death in of lung cancer, and the two even performed together at the Cirque Medrono in Paris regularly keaon had been a dancer.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. One woonderful the cottages near ours was owned by Ed Gray, a big, fat and very lazy monologuist The general opinion was that he was still a bachelor because he was too lazy to get married.


So while it’s not everything I dreamed of, I’m just happy that it exists and I was able to learn what I did about him from it. Isn’t that what most children want: Keaton also admits no interest nor understand of politics and is surprised at Chaplin’s flirtation with communism as far back as That grand old showcase, located at 42nd Street and Broadway where the Rialto Theatre now stands, was in its day everything— and perhaps a little more —than the Palace became later.

Pop stayed that day at Dowling’s bar just down the street several minutes too long. The fight was over my smoking. A Memory of George Michael.

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That afternoon, as usual, we were working before an audience that had seen our act so often they knew the routines as well as we did. It distressed him even to fan himself. The following spring, while on our way to Norfolk, Virginia, we were rolling through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Greta Zlapstick was working there at the time too and was in the habit of taking a stroll down the length of the lot on her break. Madame Herrmann’s stage costume, by the way, was a quaint colonial dress with a hoop skirt.

But at the last moment the theatre manager was able to convince them that the fire was under control and could not spread. All at once the whole gang stopped working to yell, ‘Booster!

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Then I glanced at my watch and whistled. His autobiography, “My Wonderful World of Slapstick”, reads as if you are wold next to Keaton and listening to him as he talks to you. Especially poignant are his stories of his mentor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, who was scandalized, villainized and ruined when audiences turned on him.

We had a speedy revenge on The Three Leightons.

My Wonderful World Of Slapstick

One of the questions was: She used the Pierce-Arrow only for travel between her hotel and the theatre. Nobody else had ever borrowed money from me, and I was mj impressed by the transaction. Fritzi Scheff, the dainty Viennese singer, learned that the hard way. Pop never would admit the British had a sense of humor. Mom could be described as truly loaded when she got back slapstik Uncle Sam’s folding money was recognized as valid currency. But he com- plained that he had busrer change the position of the clock on the mantel in the hall each time he went into another room.


Oddly enough, the clowning of other acts gave us other very tense moments on the stage. It’s simply written and just a great story about a guy who lived from the birth of film into sound into color into the ’60s and still influences so many to this day.

That first drink of mine was taken with a Bluffton pal, Lex Neal, who was nineteen, two years older than I, who later be- came a song writer, and a gag man for me. I’m a huge Buster Keaton fan, and when I found out that he had written an autobiography it instantly shot up to the top of my reading list. It tells slpstick he grew up in a vaudeville household, on the stage from the time he was a toddler, where he developed the physical skills he would need to perform some of the amazing stunts he did in his movies.

But at one matinee Jingles beat her mh it and said, “Law’s Law! Buwter years later told how indignant Pop became when the magician laughed uproariously at his antics, spoiling the joke, while they were on the stage together. Hardly surprising, once A lovely, page-turning, slightly bittersweet read.

His listeners ought to get some money together, he said. Pop rushed over to fight my kraton assail- ant, kicked at him above my head. I have a whole slew of films that I want to watch or re-watch now that I know the stories behind them, what was going on with him personally at the time. Scheff’s dressing room was woonderful freshly per- fumed with a delicate scent.

View all 4 comments. The audience realized what I was doing when the stick went through a hole. I didn’t fall out of the window, I was sucked out by the circling winds of the cyclone and whirled away down the road.