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Introduction: Four-thirty in the afternoon in Muskegon, Michigan

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...I am sitting in an auditorium, watching a woman rip the lining out of an expensive fur felt fedora and dunk it into a bucket of water. I am taking notes on this; the forty-odd people around me are taking notes on this. We have come from...

Southern Discomfort, or A Family Affair

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...And with that, the plump, antebellum Southern gentleman seals your fate. Supper is over. It’s time to go home. But the polite man in front of you happens to be the father of your girl, and he happens to be cheerfully homicidal. He wants you...

Brides, Bulls, and Butlers

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...In the silent days we could try anything at all, and did.Keaton & Samuels, p. 112.Keaton & Samuels, p. 112.We open on the early, easy days of 1925. Location: Beverly Hills, California. Buster pulls the car up to a strange house. Natalie...

The Company Man

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...His mind was too orderly for our harum-scarum, catch-as-catch can, gag-grabbing method. Our way of operating would have seemed hopelessly mad to him. But, believe me, it was the only way. Somehow some of the frenzy and hysteria of our...

Love On the Go

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...You – smartly dressed in a vest, porkpie, and tie – are being hounded by a herd of rabid cops for disrupting a parade you didn’t mean to join (by throwing a bomb you didn’t mean to throw), and the only reason you’re even out on the street...

Wedding Bells and Hard Luck Goats

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...You’re fired from your job, jilted by your girl, down on your luck – all before the day even starts. You’ve tried suicide by trolley, by traffic, by falling safe, by poison, by hanging – no dice. Then some zoo swells say they want...

Steamships, a Corpse, and Broken Furniture

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...The empty seats get you.Ladies’ Home Journal, June 1926.Ladies’ Home Journal, June 1926.In the summer of 1909, with the Keatons nearing the end of their two-year exile from New York, Joe received a unique offer, one that would allow...

Le Cirque Cumeeky

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...Not long ago a friend asked me what was the greatest pleasure I got from spending my whole life as an actor. There have been so many that I had to think about that for a moment. Then I said, ‘Like everyone else, I like to be with a happy...

The Clown to Do the Job

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...But the golden age of comedy was just beginning. The whole world wanted to laugh as never before, and Hollywood had the clowns to do the job.Keaton & Samuels, p. 111.Keaton & Samuels, p. 111.Not far from the house on Ingraham stood 1025...

Speed Watching, Efficiency, and the New Temporalities of Digital Spectatorship

Compact Cinematics : The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...To slow down is to die.Controlling the projection speed of films was once a life-threatening profession: The highly inflammable nitrate film had to move slowly—but not too slowly—past the burning heat of the arc lamp, and projectionists who...