Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat
Edward McPherson

Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2004. First edition fine in crisp dust jacket with two small peel spots front panel. First printing. Hardcover. xi+ 288 pp. with bibliography, index. Illustrated. Celebration of the life and times of one of cinema's greatest comedy performers, Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton (1895- 1966). He was born in Piqua, Kansas to a Vaudeville family (his father owned a traveling show with Harry Houdini) and began his career on the stage at age three. His movie career began in 1917 and got his first starring role in 1920 ("The Saphead'). He developed his own signt gags, some of them rather dangerous, and would not use stunt doubles. He made the transition to sound with mixed success, continuing to make 2-reel comedires into the 1940s. He had his own television show in the early 50s. He continued to make guest TV appearances and in the eraly 60s appeared in four beach blanket movies. Keaton died in 1966. fine Hardcover 9780571216123 (Item ID: E22832)

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