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Buster Keaton (left), Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton,
Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton,
Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton and Buster Keaton.
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The Playhouse
Also known as Näyttämö in Finland; Frigo fergoli in French; Il Teatro in Italy; El Gran espectáculo in Spain; Teatern in Sweden : {The Play House}
(1921) American
B&W : Two reels
Directed by ‘Buster’ Keaton (Buster Keaton) and Eddie Cline

Cast: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox [the actress, a twin], Joe Roberts [the antagonist actor], [?] Eddie Cline? [the Tarzan Jr. actor], [?] ? [goateed stagehand], [?] ? [a stagehand], [?] ? [the actress’ twin], [?] Bert Woodruff? [audience member missing left arm]

Comique Film Corporation production; distributed by Associated First National Pictures, Incorporated. / Produced by Joseph M. Schenck. Scenario by ‘Buster’ Keaton (Buster Keaton) and Eddie Cline. Technical direction by Fred Gabourie. Cinematography by Elgin Lessley. Edited by [?] Buster Keaton? Presented by Joseph M. Schenck. / © 6 October 1921 by Joseph M. Schenck [LP17060]. Released 6 October 1921. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The film was released in Finland on 25 May 1924.

Comedy.

Synopsis: Buster is a one-man show at the vaudeville house.

Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Animals: Orangutans - Candy: Lollipops - Dance - Dreams - Floods - Musical instruments - Musicians - Orchestras - Theaters: Box seats - Vaudeville

Listing updated: 24 September 2013.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Brownlow-Parade p. 491; Dardis-Keaton pp. 72, 75, 119, 173, 289; Fell-History p. 109; Kerr-Silent pp. 134, 139, 149, 155; Schelly-Langdon p. 56; Shipman-Cinema p. 72; Sinyard-Silent pp. 111, 115 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

 
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