The Cameraman

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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.

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Cast

Dick Alexander
as The Big Sea Lion
Vernon Dent
as Man in Bathing Suit
William Irving
as Photographer
Edward S. Brophy
as Man in Dressing Room
Ray Cooke
as Office Worker
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Audience Reviews for The Cameraman

  • Sep 11, 2017
    This is such a brilliant little movie, so far ahead of its time, and like the rest of Keaton's work, so influential for generations to come. There are comedy bits that are still fresh today, a sweet romance blended in, and what seems like one great scene after another for 67 minutes. Keaton's character is loveable as a sweet guy who has fallen for a women (Marceline Day) who works in a newsreel agency, and who tries his best to 'make good' there as a cameraman. He runs to jump on a firetruck on the way to filming a fire, only to find out it's going back to its station. He goes out to the ballpark to cover the game, only to find out the Yankees are on the road in St. Louis that day, and then proceeds to skillfully pantomime pitching, batting, and running the bases. Later in the film, he'll get a monkey as a sidekick on his way to filming a Chinese holiday celebration that turns into an all-out gang war. By the way, that monkey is fantastic, and clearly well-trained. On the romantic side, Keaton convinces Day to go out with him, and after eagerly waiting for her call, tears down the stairs when the phone rings, with the camera following him in a nice side view all the way. Day is pursued by others who are more polished and better off than Keaton, but her character recognizes his sweetness and tries to look out for him. Keaton's physical comedy is brilliant while embarrassed in a room full of girls at her residence while waiting for her to come out, and then later as he crawls from the top of a double-decker bus to the lower level where she sits after they've been separated. There are then some excellent scenes at the pool: first, him changing in a very small space with another man, and then later losing his oversized swim trunks in the pool. This is a comedy that shows a lot of creativity and skill, but also manages to be touching and heartfelt. Its pace is great and there is never a dull moment with Keaton on the screen. Day is quite fetching as well. Great movie.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2016
    This is a good Buster Keaton comedy, though not on the level of his very best work. Buster plays a hopeful freelance cameraman who's intent to win both a steady news job and a pretty secretary from the news agency's office. The gags aren't as elaborately engineered as in masterpieces like "The General" and "Our Hospitality," and there's a substantial middle stretch where the whole camera premise is erratically abandoned to follow the romantic subplot (a sequence at a public swimming pool seems far too long -- but is that a quick flash of Keaton's bare tush after he loses his swimsuit?). Recurring encounters with a bewildered cop are funny and, as always, the shots of metropolitan life during the '20s are historically fascinating.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2010
    Meh. Typical, unfunny Keaton. Wasn't totally horrible though.
    Lauren D Super Reviewer

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