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The Cameraman (1928)




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Fast-paced and funny, this silent Buster Keaton comedy has" the Great Stone Face" playing an aspiring newsreel cameraman who falls in love with an office girl and tries to impress her by getting the scoop on a Chinese tong war. Instead he finds himself in the midst of a terrible gunfight. Still he captures it on film and is about to triumphantly return with it when the mischievous monkey of a local organ grinder steals it away.
Comedy , Romance
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Buster Keaton
as Buster
Sidney Bracey
as Editor
Sidney Bracy
as Editor
Dick Alexander
as The Big Sea Lion
Vernon Dent
as Man in Bathing Suit
Edward S. Brophy
as Man in Dressing Room
William Irving
as Photographer
Ray Cooke
as Office Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Cameraman

All Critics (13)

Studio interference damaged the film but could not destroy it.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Keaton's last great comedy.

February 3, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Cameraman gave Buster one of his best roles and he filled it with one of his most touching and fleshed-out performances, using mostly his intense eyes.

Full Review… | February 1, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

One of Keaton's most impressively self-reflective films and an ode to the unexpected and elusive lightening-in-a-bottle nature of filmmaking.

Full Review… | December 18, 2004
Slant Magazine

...the old Keaton magic could not be entirely dampened by the studio's dictums, and The Cameraman includes a number of very funny bits.

Full Review… | November 24, 2004
Movie Metropolis

Buster's last definitive feature, despite studio meddling.

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
Boulder Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Cameraman

My first Buster movie! And I really liked it! He must've had a lot of bruises in a period where stunt men weren't available! What I liked about it was the expressiveness and the tight choreography, every movement is timed without looking strained or enforced. It was painful and funny at the same time, the scene in the changing room is hilarious. Buster is such a cute and lovable actor. I'm definitely interested in seeing more of his work.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

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my new favorite keaton film and the last one he made relatively free from interference at mgm. chaplin warned him not to sign :(

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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This is such a sweet movie, I love it. It's funny, exciting, and has a good story.

Aj V
Aj V

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