Buster Keaton (center) and Marceline Day.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Also known as L’opérateur in France; Der Kameramann in Germany
B&W : Eight reels / 6995 feet
Directed by Edward Sedgwick
Cast: Buster Keaton [Buster], Marceline Day [Sally], Harold Goodwin [Stagg], Sidney Bracy [editor], Harry Gribbon [cop]; Edward Brophy [man sharing changing room with Buster], Vernon Dent [man in undersized bathing suit], William Irving, Gertrude Ederle [herself], Charles A. Lindbergh [himself], [?] Josephine or Chicago? the monkey [organgrinder’s monkey]
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Produced by Buster Keaton. Scenario by Richard Schayer, from a screen story by Clyde Bruckman and Lew Lipton. Set design by Fred Gabourie. Costume design by David Cox. Technical direction by Fred Gabourie. Cinematography by Elgin Lessley and Reggie Lanning. Intertitles by Joe Farnham (Joseph Farnham). Edited by Hugh Wynn [?] + [Basil Wrangell]? / © 15 September 1928 [LP25722]. Released 22 September 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Working title: Snapshots. New York location shooting began 12 April 1928. MGM studio shooting from 1 May through 25 June 1928, with additional retakes 4-6 August 1928. Edderley and Lindbergh appear in documentary footage. Some sources list Buster’s character name as Luke Shannon.
Synopsis: Buster attempts to win over a girl by becoming a hard-working newsreel cameraman.
Survival status: Prints exist in the George Eastman Museum film archive [35mm positive]; and [35mm preservation positive, comprised of surviving 35mm print footage].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Accidents - Animals: Dogs, Monkeys - Apartments - Arrests - Asians - Beaches - Beach houses - Beds - Benches - Boats - Buckets - Buildings - Cameras: Motion picture, Tin-type - Chinese - Chinese clothing - Chinese dragons - Cleaning women - Clotheslines - Confetti - Criminals: Gangsters - Crowds - Diving - Doormen - Dressing rooms - Drug stores - Explosions - Fights: Gunfights, Tong wars - Fire engines - Firemen - Fire stations - Flags - Flower shops - Hammers - Handkerchiefs - Hats: Straw - Helmets - Ladders - Light bulbs - Lying - Mail chutes - Money - Newsreels - Night scenes - Nudity - Oars - Office buildings - Offices - Organgrinders - Parades - Pawn shops - Pay phones - Photography: Photographs (Tin-type) - Police: Policemen, Raids - Power boats - Purses - Raincoats - Rescues - Rooftops - Screening rooms - Secretaries - Secret panels - Ships - Shoeshine stalls - Signage - Smoke - Sofas - Soldiers - Sports: Baseball: Baseball fields, Baseball stadiums - Stairways - Street scenes - Swimming pools - Swimsuits - Telephones - Tickets - Tobacco: Cigarettes - Trams - Transportation: Airplanes, Automobiles (Rumble seats), Buses, Taxi cabs - Trenchcoats - Tripods - Turnstiles - Umbrellas - Underwear - War - Wall calendars - Water: Rain - Weapons: Guns (Handguns, Machine guns), Knives - Yacht clubs - Yachts - USA: California: Newport Beach, Venice (Ocean Park) - USA: New York: New York: Yankee Stadium
Listing updated: 29 September 2012.
References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F20752; Baer-Film p. 39; Bardèche-History pp. 292, 293; Brownlow-Parade pp. 477, 488, 493; Dardis-Keaton pp. 79, 106, 161, 162-166, 170, 171, 172, 173, 176, 189, 245, 246, 273, 293; Edelman-Baseball pp. 140, 141-142, 205; Fell-History p. 96; Kerr-Silent p. 244; Lahue-World p. 145; Limbacher-Feature p. 36; Schelly-Langdon p. 130; Shipman-Cinema p. 100; Sinyard-Silent p. 119 : ClasIm-301 p. 47 : Website-GEM.
Home video: DVD.