Joseph Frank Keaton was an actor, comedian, film director, producer screenwriter, and stunt performer, who is best known for his wonderfully well-made silent films. His parents were vaudeville actors and Buster first began performing at the age of three. Buster Keaton was known for his deadpan expression that earned him the name of “The Great Stone Face.” His early film career started with Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, making shorts, learning the skills as an actor, cameraman, and director. Buster Keaton’s films from the 1920s have become highly regarded classics, such as Sherlock Jr. (1924) and The Navigator (1924). His 1926 film The General combined physical comedy with Keaton’s love of trains. It is regarded as his greatest achievement.
The term “silent film” is somewhat of a misnomer, as silent films were almost always accompanied by a pianist, organist, or even a small orchestra. Music was considered essential, contributing atmosphere and giving the audience vital emotional cues. The silent era began in 1894 and was most productive from the 1910s to the late 1920s. Perhaps 75% of silent films have been lost because the nitrate film used was unstable and flammable. The term “silent films,” is a retronym, a term created retroactively to distinguish it from “talking pictures” and “sound films.”
This Buster Keaton History Mug is part of our Silent Film Series which includes many unique individuals.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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