Saturday, February 29, 2020


How often do we write "February 29th?" Yeah-- seems about every four years. Happy Leap Day!!

BK in Seven Chances

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In The Works: The Cook

Currently in the works is another mock trailer. This one will be promoting the 1918 Comique short film, The Cook. 
From Motion Picture News, Oct. 19, 1918

The title character is played by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Buster Keaton is a waiter, and Al St. John is along as a, well, um, a general nuisance type to provide a bit of a storyline at the Bull Pup Restaurant. Alice Lake is the girl, and Luke the Dog is, you guessed it, the dog.

The Cook was thought to be lost for decades-- well, it was lost for decades. A damaged print was discovered in 1998; another print was found in 2002, and the two were combined to create the prints floating around today. I, for one, am awfully glad it was found. Fatty's dance and Buster's dance are worth the price of admission alone. The story is a loose remake of Arbuckle's 1916 short The Waiters' Ball which also starred Al St. John. Alice Lake and Kate Price co-starred. Alice crops up a lot in these movies, doesn't she?

A note of interest, this was Keaton's last film before serving in the U.S. Army during WWI. He would return to the Comique fold in 1919, and in Buster's own words he was "eager to get back to work"

In case anybody is paying attention out there, yes, we know we never put up our "Falling" video. That one is still in "the works." The video we are working on for The Cook is a little easier and so hope to get it finished in time to join Silent-ology's annual Buster Blogathon. Details on that coming soon.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Baseball Season 2020

Yes, we are MLB fans around here so what does than have to do with the end of February? Spring training has started!! Here is a pic of one of baseball's greatest fans (and player!)...

Monday, February 17, 2020

Presidents Day 2020

It is Presidents Day here in the U.S. No photos of Mr. Keaton meeting a U.S. President that I am aware of so this will have to do.

Buster with the commissioner of baseball (and the first commissioner, no less), Kenesaw Moutain Landis and Mrs. Landis. Standing behind Buster is the VP of MGM, Bob Lynch. I couldn't find an exact date for this photo, either 1930 or '31.

I think baseball was more important to Buster than politics anyway! Have a nice day!