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I Met Buster Keaton......After All These Years, Someting Made Sense About T

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  1. Joe Strummer

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    Buster Keaton,
    One of THEE top grossing Silent Film Comedians.
    1928 seemed to be his personal pinnacle in comedy.
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    I watched a Bio on TCM - about Buster Keaton's life.
    It was a bit of a "fluff" piece - narrated by an acquanitance ( the same voice
    who you hear on Ken Burn's Civil War Epic ).......I can't think of that guy's name ?
    Anyway.......
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    In the 1960's - I'm going to research that exact date ---
    Buster Keaton was filming a commercial for Ford or Chevy.
    I lived on the property where it was being filmed.
    He was to replicate an old visual comedy bit where he sits down on the first
    chair + the entire 10 rows of chairs behind him fall like dominos.
    Pretty funny.
    My father told me who Buster Keaton was before I was introduced.
    I was anywhere from 8 to 12 yrs old. ( I going to figure out my exact age ).
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    I said "Hello".......He was nice.......and I figured ( even at age 8 ?).....
    I'd get a "brush off". .......Who'd have time for a kid ? besides "hello, how are you ?"
    I didn' get a "brush off".
    And this was before the big autograph craze........I never asked for one..
    He sat with me and talked TO ME.
    He asked me about myself ( which I was NOT expecting ).
    I wish I could remember exactly what we talked about ?.....did he ask me who i thought was funny ?
    But he talked with me for awhile.
    I always remembered this........why ?.......I don't know ?......maybe, cos even
    as a kid - I had alot of respect for comedy, and those who could perform it.
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    So, I'm watching his Bio -
    and it's mentioned he went thru a horrible + life altering divorce.
    The wife got his Villa + his two young sons........which mentally took a toll on him.
    He didn't care about the Villa.......he cared about his two young sons.
    She kept them from him + changed their names.
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    And then.........IT HIT ME !!!!
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    Even after all his years ( he was near the end of his life when I met him )
    I think he had a "soft spot" for a young boy who was talking with him.
    And according to his Bio -
    I was his sons age, at the time, his two boys were taken from him.
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    I think, I JUST figured something out about a meeting I had some 50 years ago.
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    Buster Keaton signed w/ MGM after becoming famous w/ his own company.
    It was a career ending mistake.
    MGM killed his talent + career.
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    He wrote for Red Sketon movies -- and various others.
    They showed Red Skelton performing EXACTLY the same visual bits Buster Keaton
    made famous 14 yrs prior.
    Red Skelton was hailed a "comic genius" by the same critics who claimed Buster was "washed up".
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    I thought I'd share.:wave:
     
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    :wave: GREAT story!! myself i love movie/tv history. i met Jonathan Harris from LOST IN SPACE on the set in the mid sixties. don't want to bore anyone but he also was a real friendly,funny and nice guy to me and my brother. :beer:
     
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    Red Skelton was also kid friendly .Guy I went to school with sat on his lap in SanDiego when he came over to his parents house..
     
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