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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Mom came out in front of this and played the saxo- phone. As I raced down the stage-door alley in the dark I stepped on a board with a rusty nail in it. With Mom doing double duty, taking care of little Jingles and Worod, I helped when I worlc by taking the children out for an hour or two on sunny mornings. Jun 05, Nicola rated it it was amazing.

Read more Read less. I’d created the illusion merely by bending my arm back from the elbow.

In this, dressed in a bride’s wedding outfit, he sang “Waiting at the Church! He does this with an odd sense of pride at the fact too. Pop seemed to feel it was a terri- ble charge to make against anyone, no less vaudeville’s famous “Virginia Judge.

My father got so many black eyes fighting with bigger boy bootblacks for the best street corners that he soon was nicknamed “Dick Deadeyes. The guy is just a good soul. Next day we took a train for Milwaukee, our next stop.

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Feb 10, James Lark rated it really liked it. The benevolent Tony Pastor got around that problem by blithely signing an affidavit swearing I was already seven. Incidentally, at our next appearance at Pastors, a skinny East Side youth named Izzy Baline was paid five dollars a week to sing ballads from the gallery during our act.

Van Wyck, a Tammany man, ordered me brought to his office and stripped so he could see for himself if I had any bruises or black and blue marks. When the truth dawned on him he picked me up and carried me out of the theatre and across the street to our rooms in the hotel. If strangers rowed past our house they sometimes saw something that made their eyes pop.


Even as a babe-in-arms I had been given sips of beer. However, my gripe is more with the academics who always describe him and his films under the most generous of possible interpretations even when problematic details crop up. The marriage lasted until his death in of lung cancer, and the two even performed together at the Cirque Medrono in Paris regularly she had been a dancer. He also explains that Chaplin’s business smarts made him wealthy.

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But a great many rumors were circulated about Houdini s extraordinary gifts. Jingles was then five, Louise three, and neither could work in the act because of the local laws. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. None of us dreamed for a moment that the Englishman would take Eldridge’s advice as even the word “damn” was taboo then in theatres all over America.

All he then would have to do was tie up all of this and throw it out of the window. So the Leighton Brothers, who did a song, dance, and comedy wondeerful, got us very nervous when they kept threatening to tie a German flag to our broom. Last Wednesday is a long time ago to most actors.

His experiences in the pubs there had poisoned his mind against the entire United Kingdom. All Buster had left was the third car and his clothes. As she played on, Pop hung a mirror on the corner of the house set, lathered his face, and started to shave himself with a straight, old-fashioned razor. The startled birds promptly flew out of their boxes going in every direction.

There was a loud thump, but Pop was so accustomed to me making loud noises with my fist that he didn’t realize at first what had happened. Then, read this autiobiography.

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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The Three Keatons were always better received in the big cities than in the smaller ones, and by an annoying coincidence it was in these cities that the most persistent efforts were made to save me from the stage. I say presumably, because the unfortunate man was never seen again.


My father agreed to try it. With Keaton, the work came first, and he never lowered his comedic standards. The line from the bobbing cork went through a pulley weighted down by a big rock, from there under the clubhouse and up through a small hole in the main room of the club.

Publicity was in its infancy. Although the theatrical profession was the first to break through the color line, throughout my boyhood and youth you never saw whites and Negroes on a stage at the same time.

Cut to the Chase: I first read this sweet, inspiring, at once modern and anachronistic autobiography in about The moment we were out of sight we stopped to listen, half expecting to hear the people roaring and hissing. Clark’s Globe of Death. In she in- sisted that Equity, the just-formed stage actors’ union, protect the chorines as well as more important performers, and kept fighting until she won. After we staggered back to the dressing room, Pop got my bull- dog pipe and smoking tobacco from my suit and slapped them on the table.

Cohan, was the headliner. Nobody who saw one matinee we played at Hammersteins ever forgot it. The helpless intruder was then revealed in the same position as Whistler’s Mother but sitting on a less dignified perch.

It was delightful to imagine I was hanging out with Buster Keaton and he was telling the stories to me.