Review: ‘The Cameraman’

Good laugh picture with Buster Keaton. The same old stencil about a boob that does everything wrong and cashes in finally through sheer accident.

Good laugh picture with Buster Keaton. The same old stencil about a boob that does everything wrong and cashes in finally through sheer accident.

Keaton is a problem on love interest. In the present case his cow-like adoration of the heroine (Marceline Day) is used to build up sympathy as a counter-irritant to his abysmal stupidity.

In trying to land a job with M-G-M News, Keaton, as a tintype photographer suddenly turned cinematic, goes through a series of hoke adventures. There is the comedy. One of the smartest bits is when setting up his camera to shoot an admiral leaving a hotel – Keaton mistakes the gorgeously uniformed hotel doorman for the admiral.

Another clever bit is when, swimming in a public tank with women all about, Keaton loses his over-size bathing suit. The big punch is when he photographs a Chinese tong war from the center of the melee.

Day is appealing as the femme. Harold Goodwin has the only other part of consequence, as a newsreel cameraman also soft on the gal.

The Cameraman

Production

M-G-M. Director Edward Sedgwick; Screenplay Clyde Bruckman, Richard Schayer; Camera Elgin Lessley

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 68 MIN.

With

Buster Keaton Marceline Day Harold Goodwin Sidney Bracy Harry Gribbon
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