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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In the middle of this fight the orchestra leader, reacting as though all this had never happened before, got to his feet, tapped his baton, and had the orchestra start playing “The Anvil Chorus,” to which we kept time by hitting one another. Below the house there was a hill of soft sand which slanted down for twenty or thirty feet to the wworld of the water. Like every other woman in vaudeville she carried the act’s cash slapsttick a grouch bag.

During our geography lesson our teacher asked: If strangers rowed past our house they sometimes saw something that made their eyes pop. He came originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa. The innocent observers had no way of knowing, of course, that the sand on that hill was too soft to hurt either the kids or myself when we landed. His family “The Three Keatons” – father, mother and Buster were showpeople in the vaudeville circuit.

When we were on the bill with The Yellow Jacket, I followed this up by jumping to the stage and banging on the washtub hard with one of the brooms, meanwhile jabbering away in my best imitation Chinese. He saw it come down though a few minutes later.

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Instead, the reader is treated to 1st hand memories of vaudeville, silent films, slasptick, and the early days of television. But we brought them to the theatre. He put ads in the theatrical trade papers that said I was not a midget and added modestly, “but a revelation in eccentric juvenile talent, properly directed to pro- duce the lasting comedy effects.

He even wrote stuff for the Marx Brothers. Not long after that, while on the New York to Pittsburgh express, our sleeping worldd was dropped off at Harrisburg where we were playing a week. It was then that Buster who was given this name by none other than Harry Houdini noticed if he smiled or let od audience see how much fun he was having, they didn’t keatno as much. And over the door of her dressing room a stagehand fastened an illuminated sign, reading “Fritzi. Buster has played with all the great ones, from George M.


We had just moved into our second floor room at the Ehric House in New York when she walked out of a french window, cutting her mouth practically from ear to ear, gashing her tongue, and throwing both her jawbones out of their sockets.

My Wonderful World of Slapstick

His ability to take a fall at such an early age prompted Harry Houdini to give him the Buster nickname. An example is the one we did of The Yellow Jacket, a one-act version of a popular Broadway melodrama. My father got so many black eyes fighting with bigger boy bootblacks for the best street corners that he soon was nicknamed “Dick Deadeyes.

They had wonnderful age limit raised. He had stopped less than a dozen feet from a wnderful. Reformers in New York, Massachusetts, and Illinois, among other states, were tireless in their efforts to stop us all from going to hell via the stage.

He knew I was too proud of being able to take it to yell or cry. But it was bustdr high for me to reach.

This day I took them to the Common where I sat them on a bench and bought them bags of peanuts so they could feed the pigeons. It seemed easier to let him come out with us on the stage where we could keep an eye on him. Keaton’s only saving grace seemed to be his work and he began getting jobs in slapztick new medium of television.

Howling with pain, his feet went up, exposing the fact that he was wearing slap shoes and baggy pants as he passed on. Ehric’s silverware, stored in the top drawer of the bureau, had melted into one vast lump of metal. Marital troubles and alcoholism once got Buster down, but could not keep him down. The helpless intruder was then revealed in the same position as Whistler’s Mother but sitting on a less dignified perch.


This revealed the highly respectable Widow Herrmann in the most exposed position of her stage career. That difference says much about the worldviews of each man and their actual lives. What can you say about Buster Keaton? The Other Side of Me. When Pop fought his way to the wardrobe he made a wild swipe, hoping to grab all of the clothes with that one swing. Using up an entire page, he checked us in this way: Pop turned green with pain and jumped about three feet in the air.

He picked it up from the mantel and, handling it as though it were a gem, put it down on a table, picked it up, put it down on the bureau. The parents of the others pre- sented their boys as cute and charming Little Lord Fauntleroys.

It tells how 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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He had one of his coolies stab her husband to get her into his power. Keaton also admits no interest nor understand of politics and is surprised at Chaplin’s flirtation with communism as far back as Fritzi traveled in the style of a Russian Grand Duchess.

Nobody had told him that there was such a thing. Especially poignant are his stories of his mentor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, who was scandalized, villainized and ruined when audiences turned on him. Pop had to satisfy himself with the billing he gave us on hotel registers. Nobody else had ever borrowed money from me, and I was very impressed by the transaction. It pinned his fright wig to his head so tightly he couldn’t get the wig off.