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.

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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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Critic Reviews for The Cameraman

All Critics (13)

Studio interference damaged the film but could not destroy it.

Aug 30, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Keaton's last great comedy.

Feb 3, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

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.

Feb 1, 2005 | Full Review…

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

Dec 18, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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

Nov 24, 2004 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Buster's last definitive feature, despite studio meddling.

Aug 25, 2004 | Full Review…

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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Buster Keaton plays a street photographer who sees the girl of his dreams. He later tracks her down, finding out she works as a secretary in the newsreel department at M.G.M., and trades his tintype camera in for a cheap, 2nd hand movie camera. He tries desperately to get a job in the newsreel department and of course, impress her, but his every happless attempt seems to fail. There are many great, memorable scenes in this film, most notably the date the two have. Keaton's knack for physical humor has been reeled in a bit, but there are some scenes that are still quite funny. Overall, it's a subtle, sweet romantic comedy starring one of the greatest of all time.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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