TBK: Episode 18

Day Dreams
+ Paul Dooley
+ David Pearson

This week we talk with the legendary performer PAUL DOOLEY about comedy, about his life and work, and about that time he worked with Buster Keaton.  David Pearson reveals a Day Dreams mystery.

DAY DREAMS

THE ADirected by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline
Release Date: November, 1922
Total Running Time: 19 minutes

Buster's letters home to the woman he loves paint a rosy picture of his success in the big city, but the truth reveals this success as nothing but a day dream.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Boy
Renee Adoree: The Girl
Joe Keaton: Her Father
Joe Roberts: A Politician
Eddie Cline: Stage Manager

TBK: Episode 17

The Electric House
+Gabriella Oldham

Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline
Release Date: October, 1922
Total Running Time: 22 minutes

When Buster the botanist is hired to electrify a large mansion, both his innovations and the man he beat out for the job begin to fight back.  

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Boy
Virginia Fox: The Girl
Joe Roberts: Homeowner

Read Gabriella's book: Beyond the Laughter: Keaton's Silent Shorts
http://bit.ly/beyondlaughter

TBK: Episode 16

The Frozen North
+ Patricia Eliot Tobias

Directed by Buster Keaton and Mal St. Clair
Release Date: August, 1922
Total Running Time: 17 minutes

In this biting parody of films and filmmakers of the day, Buster faces the biting cold, biting fish, fighting cowboys, and frosty women.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Bad Man
Sybil Seely: His Wife
Joe Roberts: The Driver
Bonnie Hill: The Pretty Neighbor
Freeman Wood: Her Husband
Eddie Cline: The Janitor

TBK: Episode 15

The Blacksmith
+ John Bengtson
+ David Pearson

Directed by Buster Keaton and Mal St. Clair
Release Date: July 21, 1922
Total Running Time: 25 minutes

As the assistant blacksmith, Buster has a unique approach to serving customers, leaving his fingerprints all over his work. 

Starring:
Buster Keaton: Assistant Blacksmith
Joe Roberts: Blacksmith
Virginia Fox: Girl with a White Horse
Onyx: White Horse

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TBK: Episode 14

My Wife's Relations
+ Matt Sloan & Craig Johnson
+ Patricia Eliot Tobias

Guest Hosts MATT SLOAN and CRAIG JOHNSON are joining us from WELCOME TO THE BASEMENT.  Check out their amazing "show about movies just by clicking HERE.

Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline
Release Date: May, 1922
Total Running Time: 22 minutes

After an accidental wedding, Buster learns to get along with his accidental in-laws, who accidentally believe he's to inherit a fortune, which all leads to some very purposeful pain and pratfalls.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Groom
Kate Price: The Bride
Monte Collins: Father
Joe Roberts, Tom Wilson, Harry Madison, Wheezer Dell: Brothers

TBK: Episode 13

Cops
+ Interview with Patricia Eliot Tobias

Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline
Release Date: March, 1922
Total Running Time: 18 minutes

While trying to impress the woman he loves, Buster's bad decisions and worse luck bring the entire city's police force in hot, if often bumbling, pursuit.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Quarry
Virginia Fox: The Mayor's Daughter
Joe Roberts: Plainclothes Detective
Eddie Cline: Man Who Buys Jacket

TBK: Episode 12

The Boat & The Paleface
+ Interview with Imogen Sara Smith

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The Boat
Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline
Release Date: November, 1921
Total Running Time: 25 minutes

Buster loads the wife and kids into their homemade boat, and spend their time on the high seas ducking bridges, battling storms, and defying gravity. How do they do it? Damfino!

Starring:
Buster Keaton: Husband
Sybil Seely: Wife
Eddie Cline: Coast Guard Radio Man

The Paleface
Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline
Release Date: January, 1922
Total Running Time: 20 minutes

It's Pratfalls with Wolves as Buster the butterfly collector bumbles into a (very "movie Indian") Indian settlement, he winds up helping protect them from the land grabbing oil company, gets accepted into the tribe, and of course, finds love. 

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Paleface
Joe Roberts: The Chief
Virginia Fox: The Squaw

TBK: Episode 11

The Playhouse
+ Interview with Leonard Maltin

Talking with LEONARD MALTIN about Buster Keaton!  We discuss Mr. Maltin’s friendship with Buster’s widow, Eleanor, Keaton’s place in cinema history, and that day in New York when Leonard met Buster.

The Playhouse
Directed by Buster Keaton and Mal St. Claire
Release Date: October 6, 1921
Total Running Time: 22 minutes

After dreaming that he is the dancers, orchestra, crew and audience, Buster finds his real life in the theater to be no less hectic.  He's got to imitate a monkey, lead a dance troupe, avoid kicks, punches, and a flood, and make sure he marries the correct twin.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Whole Show; Assistant Stage Manager
Joe Roberts: Stage Manager, Zouave Guard
Virginia Fox: A Twin

CLICK HERE to listen to: MALTIN on MOVIES PODCAST (Keaton and Chaplin)

CLICK HERE to read: LEONARD MALTIN: “BUSTER KEATON REMEMBERED and REFRESHED”

TBK: Episode 10

The Goat
+ Interview with Imogen Sara Smith

Directed by Buster Keaton and Mal St. Claire
Release Date: July 14, 1921
Total Running Time: 27 minutes

After Buster is mistaken for a wanted murderer, he finds himself on the run from the terrified citizenry and the determined police department.

Starring:
Buster Keaton: The Scapegoat
Joe Roberts: Policeman
Virginia Fox: Policeman's Daughter
Mal St. Clair (?): 'Dead Shot' Dan
Eddie Cline: Cop by Telephone Pole

TBK: Episode 9

The High Sign
+ Slate's Dana Stevens

This week we discuss The High Sign with -- who else? -- @TheHighSign!  That is Dana Stevens, film critic at Slate and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest.

THE HIGH SIGN
Directed by Buster Keaton and Edward Cline
Release Date: April 21, 1921
Total Running Time: 21 minutes

When Buster finds himself assigned to kill the very gentleman he's been hired to protect, he has to choose between his commitment to his new society and his yearning to commit to the gentleman's daughter. 

Starring
Buster Keaton: The Man
Bartine Burkett Zane: Miss Nickelnurser
Al St. John: Man Hit During Target Practice