The Cameraman (1928)

68 mins | Comedy | 22 September 1928

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HISTORY

According to a studio directory in the 26 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, production began 4 Apr 1928 on what was then called Snap Shots.
       Although only Hugh Wynn is credited onscreen as the film editor, other contemporary sources also credit Basil Wrangell. Modern Sources credit Frank Dugas as the film's Asst cam and include Richard Alexander, Ray Cooke and William Irving in the cast.
       According to John Bengtson's Silent Echoes (Santa Monica, CA, 2000), The Cameraman was Buster Keaton's "last great silent feature." He identified the following locations: Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY; Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, NY, especially near the corner of E. 56th Street; the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, CA; and nearby in the 1600 block of Cahuenga Boulevard. Beachside locations were Venice, CA, and Newport Beach, ... More Less

According to a studio directory in the 26 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, production began 4 Apr 1928 on what was then called Snap Shots.
       Although only Hugh Wynn is credited onscreen as the film editor, other contemporary sources also credit Basil Wrangell. Modern Sources credit Frank Dugas as the film's Asst cam and include Richard Alexander, Ray Cooke and William Irving in the cast.
       According to John Bengtson's Silent Echoes (Santa Monica, CA, 2000), The Cameraman was Buster Keaton's "last great silent feature." He identified the following locations: Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY; Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, NY, especially near the corner of E. 56th Street; the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, CA; and nearby in the 1600 block of Cahuenga Boulevard. Beachside locations were Venice, CA, and Newport Beach, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
26 May 1928
p. 102.
Film Daily
23 Sep 28
p. 9.
Life
5 Oct 28
p. 25.
New York Times
17 Sep 28
p. 27.
Photoplay
Oct 28
p. 54.
The Film Spectator
24 Nov 1928
p. 11.
Variety
19 Sep 28
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Presents
A Buster Keaton Production; An Edward Sedgwick Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Settings
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Snap Shots
Release Date:
22 September 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 15 September 1928
Production Date:
began 4 April 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 September 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25722
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in feet):
6,995
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tintype photographer Buster falls in love with Sally, a secretary for the M-G-M Newsreel, and pawns his still camera in order to buy an antiquated movie camera. At Sally's urging, Buster photographs news events that may be of interest to M-G-M, but all of his attempts turn out badly. Sally tips Buster off about an impending tong war in Chinatown, and he covers all the dangerous action only to find that he had no film in his camera. The following day, Buster is filming a regatta and Sally falls overboard from the boat of Stagg, a cowardly M-G-M cameraman who deserts her to save himself. Buster rescues Sally and wins her undying ... +


Tintype photographer Buster falls in love with Sally, a secretary for the M-G-M Newsreel, and pawns his still camera in order to buy an antiquated movie camera. At Sally's urging, Buster photographs news events that may be of interest to M-G-M, but all of his attempts turn out badly. Sally tips Buster off about an impending tong war in Chinatown, and he covers all the dangerous action only to find that he had no film in his camera. The following day, Buster is filming a regatta and Sally falls overboard from the boat of Stagg, a cowardly M-G-M cameraman who deserts her to save himself. Buster rescues Sally and wins her undying love. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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