Lost Keaton: Sixteen Comedy Shorts (1934-1937)

Directed by Al Christie and Raymond Kane and Charles Lamont and Mack Sennett

Year: 1934
Running Time: 306
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Genres: Slapstick, Comedy

Lost Keaton: Sixteen Comedy Shorts (1934-1937)

Cast
Buster Keaton

Crew
Directed by Al Christie, Raymond Kane, Charles Lamont and Mack Sennett


For Buster Keaton, the era of the talkies was a tumultuous time. After signing with MGM, the quality of his ambitious, eclectic comedies began to decline, leading to a period of personal setbacks. In 1934, he signed a contract with Earle W. Hammons’s Educational Pictures which, despite its name, specialized in comedy short subjects (“The Spice of the Program”). Keaton’s move to Educational was a return to his roots, crafting a stream of two-reel comedies in rapid succession, as he had done in the early 1920s, when he first refined his cinematic craft.

The films Keaton made at Educational (all sixteen of which are collected here) pay homage to his earlier work while exploring the possibilities of “Elmer,” his new comic persona.

  • THE GOLD GHOST
    1934 21 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • ALLEZ OOP
    1934 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • PALOOKA FROM PADUCAH
    1935 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • ONE RUN ELMER
    1935 19 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • HAYSEED ROMANCE
    1935 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • TARS AND STRIPES
    1935 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • THE E-FLAT MAN
    1935 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • THE TIMID YOUNG MAN
    1935 20 Min. Dir: Mack Sennett
  • THREE ON A LIMB
    1936 18 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • GRAND SLAM OPERA
    1936 20 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • BLUE BLAZES
    1936 19 Min. Dir: Raymond Kane
  • THE CHEMIST
    1936 19 Min. Dir: Al Christie
  • MIXED MAGIC
    1936 16 Min. Dir: Raymond Kane
  • JAIL BAIT
    1937 19 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • DITTO
    1937 17 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont
  • LOVE NEST ON WHEELS
    1937 18 Min. Dir: Charles Lamont

These discs were mastered in HD from 35mm negatives and fine grain masters from Keaton’s personal collection and other archival sources by Raymond Rohauer. Some films exist in less-than-perfect condition, which is not atypical for low-budget “orphan” films such as these.

Reviews

This set comes Highly Recommended to Keaton fans and aficionados of early short subjects. - DVD Talk

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