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by Janice Agnello, Nick Ciccone and Lisle Foote
 
 
 

Hollywood Cavalcade
Running time: 96 minutes
Release date: October 13, 1939
A Twentieth Century-Fox Production
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Director: Irving Cummings
Script: Ernest Pascal
Story: Hilary Lynn and Brown Holmes, based on an idea by Lou Breslow
Photography: Allen M. Davey and Ernest Parker
Editor: Walter Thompson
Technical advisors: Mack Sennett and Buster Keaton (uncredited)
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Stuart Erwin, Mary Forbes, Chester Conklin, Mack Sennett, Al Jolson, Ben Turpin, Harold Goodwin, and Willie Fung

The Villain Still Pursued Her
Running time: 66 minutes
Release date: October 11, 1940
A Franklin-Blank Production
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Producer: Harold B. Franklin
Director: Edward Cline
Script: Elbert Franklin, based on the play The Fallen Saved, also known as The Drunkard
Additional dialog: Ethel La Blanche
Photography: Lucien Ballard
Editor: Arthur Hilton
Cast:
Buster Keaton: William Dalton
Anita Louise: Mary Wilson
Richard Cromwell: Edward Middleton
Alan Mowbray: Silas Cribbs
Hugh Herbert: Frederick Healy
Margaret Hamilton: Widow Wilson
Joyce Compton: Hazel Dalton
Billy Gilbert: Emcee
Diane Fisher: Julia Wilson
Charles Judels: Pie vendor
Jack Norton: Pie customer
Vernon Dent: Police officer
Carlotta Monti: Streetwalker

Li’l Abner
Running time: 75 minutes
Release date: November 1, 1940
A Vogue-RKO Pictures Production
Distributed by RKO
Producers: Lou Ostrow, Herman Schlom
Director: Albert S. Rogell
Script: Charles Kerr and Tyler Johnson, based on the comic strip by Al Capp
Editors: Otto Ludwig, Donn Hayes
Photography: Harry Jackson
Cast:
Buster Keaton: Lonesome Polecat
Granville Owen: Li’l Abner
Matha O’DriscollL Daisy Mae
Mona Ray: Mammy Yokum
Johnnie Morris: Pappy Yokum
Billie Seward: Cousin Delightful
Kay Sutton: Wendy Wilecat
Maude Eburne: Granny Scraggs
Edgar Kennedy: Corneilus Cornpone
Charles A. Post: Earthquake McGoon
Bud Jamison: Hairless Joe
Dick Elliot: Marryin’ Sam
Johnny Arthur: Montague
Walter Catlett: Barber
Chester Conklin: Mayor Gurgle
Doodles Weaver: Hannibal Hoops
Al St. John: Joe Smithpan
Hank Mann: A Bachelor
Blanche Payson: Large spinster
Louise Keaton: Small spinster
Lucien Littlefield: Sheriff/Old timer
Micky Daniels: Cicero Grunts

Forever and a Day
Running time: 104 minutes
Release date: March 26, 1943
An Anglo-American/RKO Pictures Production
Production supervisor: Lloyd Richards
Directors: Rene Clair, Edmund Golding, Cedric Hardwicke, Frank Lloyd, Victor Saville, Robert Stevenson, and Herbert Wilcox
Script: Charles Benner, C.S. Forrester, Lawrence Hazard, Michael Hogan, W.P. Lipscomb, Alice Duer Miller, John Van Druten, Alan Campbell, Peter Godfrey, S.M. Herzig, Christopher Iserwood, Gene Lockhart, R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West, Norman Corwin, Jack Hartfield, James Hilton, Emmett Lavery, Frederick Lonsdale, Donald Ogden Stewart, and Keith Winter
Photography: Robert De Grasse, Lee Garmes, Russell Metty, and Nicholas Musuraca
Music director: Anthony Collins
Editors: Elmo J. Williams and George Crone
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Brian Aherne, Robert Cummings, Charles Laughton, Ida Lupino, Herbert Marshall, Ray Milland, Anna Neagle, Merle Oberon, C. Aubrey Smith, Claude Rains, Ian Hunter, Roland Young, Jessie Matthews, Gladys Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, Ruth Warrick, Donald Crisp, Anna Lee, Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Victor McLaglen, Elsa Lanchester, Dame May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Arthur Treacher, Nigel Bruce, Una O’Connor, Eric Blore, Wendy Barrie, Cecil Kellaway, Cedric Hardwicke, George Kirby, June Lockhart, June Duprez, and a cast of thousands

San Diego, I Love You
Running time: 83 minutes
Release date: September 29, 1944
A Universal Pictures Production
Producers/Script: Michael Fessier and Ernest Pagano, based on a story by Ruth McKenney and Richard Branstein
Director: Reginald LeBorg
Photography: Hal Mohr
Editor: Charles Maynard
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Jon Hall, Louise Allbritton, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, Irene Ryan, Rudy Wissler, Chester Clute, and Hobart Cavanaugh

That’s the Spirit
Running Time: 93 minutes
Release date: June 1, 1945
A Universal Pictures Production
Producers/Script: Michael Fessier and Ernest Pagano
Director: Charles Lamont
Photography: Charles Van Enger
Editor: Fred R. Feitshans, Jr.
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Peggy Ryan, Jack Oakie, June Vincent, Gene Lockhart, Andy Devine, Johnny Coy, Arthur Treacher, and Irene Ryan

That Night With You
Running time: 84 minutes
Release date: September 28, 1945
A Universal Pictures Production
Producers/Script: Michael Fessier and Ernest Pagano, based on a story by Arnold Belgard
Director: William A. Seiter
Photography: Charles Van Engler
Editor: Fred R. Feitshans, Jr.
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Franchot Tone, Susanna Foster, David Bruce, Louise Allbritton, Jacqueline de Wit, and Irene Ryan

God’s Country
Running time: 62 minutes
Release date: April 1946
An Action Pictures and Screen Guild Production
Producer: William B. David
Director/Script: Robert E. Tansey
Photography: Carl Webster
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Robert Lowery, Helen Gilbert, William Farnum, Stanley Andrews, Trevor Bardette, Si Jenks, Estelle Zarco, Juan Reyes, and Al Ferguson

The Lovable Cheat
Running time: 74 minutes
Release date: May 11, 1949
A Skyline Pictures Production
Distributed by Film Classics, Inc.
Producers/Script: Richard Oswald and Edward Lewis, based on the play Mercadet le Falseur by Honore de Balzac
Director: Richard Oswald
Photography: Paul Wang
Editor: Douglas Bagier
Cast: Buster Keaton, Charles Ruggles, Peggy Ann Garner, Richard Ney, Alan Mowbray, Iris Adrian, Ludwig Donath, Fritz Feld, John Wengraf, Edna Holland, Minerva Urecal, Helen Servis, Jody Gilbert, and Judith Trafford

In the Good Old Summertime
Running time: 102 minutes
Release date: July 29, 1949
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production
Producer: Joe Pasternak
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Script: Samson Raphaelson
Adaptation: Albet Hackett, Frances Goodrich, and Ivan Tors, based on the play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo
Photography: Harry Stradling
Editor: Adrienne Fazan
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall, Spring Byington, Clinton Sundberg, Marcia Van Dyke, Lillian Bronson, and Liza Minnelli

Sunset Boulevard
Running time: 110 minutes
Release date: August 1950
A Paramount Pictures Production
Producer: Charles Brackett
Director: Billy Wilder
Script: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D. M. Marshman Jr., from the short story “A Can of Beans”
Photography: John R. Seitz
Editors: Doane Harrison, Arthur Schmidt
Music: Franz Waxman
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Jack Webb, Cecil B. DeMille, H. B. Warner, Anna Q. Nilsson, and Hedda Hopper

Limelight
Running time: 145 minutes
Release date: February 6, 1953
A Celebrated Films Corporation Production
Distributed by United Artists
Producer/Director/Script/Music: Charles Chaplin
Photography: Karl Struss
Photographic consultant: Roland Tothroh
Editor: Joe Inge
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Charles Chaplin, Clair Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Sydney Chaplin, Norman Lloyd, Marjorie Bennett, Wheeler Dryden, Barry Bernard, Stapleton Kent, Mollie Blessing, Leonard Mudie, Julian Ludwig, Snub Pollard, Loyal Underwood, Charley Rogers, Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Chaplin, Josephine Chaplin, Charles Chaplin, Jr., and Edna Purviance

Around the World in Eighty Days
Running time: 168 minutes
Release date: March 1956
A United Artists Release
ProducerL Michael Todd
Director: Michael Anderson
Script: James Poe, John Farrow, and S.J. Perlman, based on the novel by Jules Verne
Photography: Lionel Lindon
Editors: Gene Ruggiero and Howard Epstein
Music: Victor Young
Cast:
Buster Keaton, David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton, Joe E. Brown, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Ronald Colman, Noel Coward, Reginald Denny, Andy Devine, Marlene Dietrich, John Gielgud, Cedric Hardwicke, Trevor Howard, Glynis Johns, Evelyn Keyes, Beatrice Lillie, Peter Lorre, Victor McLaglen, Col Tim McCoy, Alan Mowbray, Robert Morley, Jack Oakie, George Raft, Gilbert Roland, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, and a cast of thousands

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Running time: 107 minutes
Release date: June 17, 1960
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
Director: Michael Curtiz
Script: James Lee, from the novel by Mark Twain
Photography: Ted McCord
Editor: Frederic Steinkamp
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Eddie Hodges, Archie Moore, Tony Randall, Neville Brand, Mickey Shaughnessy, Patty McCormack, Judy Canova, Andy Devine, Sherry Jackson, John Carradine, Jospehine Hutchinson, Sterling Holloway, and Harry Dean Stanton

Ten Girls Ago
Running time: 92 minutes (approximately)
Release date: Never released – filming completed in April, 1962
An Am-Can Production
Producer: Edward A. Gollin
Director: Harold Daniels
Script: Peter Farrow and Diane Lampert
Photography: Lee Garmes and Jackson Samuels
Music/Lyrics: Diane Lampert and Sammy Fain
Musical director: Jospeh Harnell
Choreography: Bill Foster
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Bert Lahr, Eddie Foy, Jr., Dion DiMucci, Austin Willis, Jan Miner, Jennifer Billingsley, and Risella Bain

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Running Time: 192 minutes
Release date: November 7, 1963
A United Artists Production
Producer/Director: Stanley Kramer
Script: William and Tania Rose
Photography: Ernest Laszlo
Editor: Fred Knudtson
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Micky Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Jimmy Durante, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Jim Backus, Don Knotts, Carl Reiner, The Three Stooges, Joe E. Brown, Andy Devine, Sterling Holloway, Charles McGraw, ZaSu Pitts, Arnold Stang, Jessie White, Stan Freberg, Norman Fell, Doodles Weave, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, and a cast of thousands.

Pajama Party
Running time: 85 minutes
Release date: November 11, 1964
An American-International Pictures Production
Producers: James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff
Director: Don Weis
Script: Louis M. Heyward
Photography: Floyd Crosby
Editors: Fred Feitshand and Even Newman
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Elsa Lanchester, Harvey Lembeck, Jesse White, Jody McCrea, Susan Hart, Bobbie Shaw, Don Rickles, Frankie Avalon, and Dorothy Lamour

Beach Blanket Bingo
Running time: 98 minutes
Release date: April 15, 1965
An American-International Pictures Production
Producers: James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff
Director: William Asher
Script: William Asher and Leo Townsend
Photography: Floyd Crosby
Editors: Fred Feitshand and Even Newman
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Donna Loren, Marta Kristen, Linda Evans, Bobbi Shaw, Timothy Carey, Don Rickles, Paul Lynde, and Earl Wilson

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
Running time: 98 minutes
Release date: July 14, 1965
An American-International Pictures Production
Producers: James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff
Director: William Asher
Script: William Asher and Leo Townsend
Photography: Floyd Crosby
Editors: Fred Feitshand and Even Newman
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, Frankie Avalon, Harvey Lembeck, Beverly Adams, Jody McCrea, John Ashley, Marianne Gaba, Irene Tsu, Bobbi Shaw, Alberta Nelson, and Elizabeth Montgomery

Sergeant Deadhead
Running time: 89 minutes
Release date: August 18, 1965
An American-International Pictures Production
Producers: James H. Nicholson, and Samuel Z. Arkoff
Director: Norman Taurog
Script: Louis M. Heyward
Photography: Floyd Crosby
Editors: Ronald Sinclair, Fred Feitshand, and Even Newman
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, Cesar Romero, Fred Clark, Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Harvey Lembeck, Reginald Gardnier, John Ashley, Donna Loren, Norman Grabowski, Pat Buttram, Patti Chandler, Luree Holmes, and Bobbi Shaw

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Running time: 99 minutes
Release date: October 16, 1966 (filming completed October, 1965)
A United Artists/Quadrangle Production
Producer: Melvin Frank
Director: Richard Lester
Script: Michael Pertwee, based on the play by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Photography: Nicholas Roeg
Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Editor: John Victor Smith
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Michael Crawford, Annette Andre, Patrica Jessel, Michael Horden, Inga Neisen, Leon Greene, Myrna White, Pamela Brown, and Roy Kinnear

War Italian Style
(Italian title: Due Marines e un Generale)
Running time: 84 minutes
Release date: January 18, 1967 (filming completed September 1965)
An American-International Pictures Production
Producer: Fulvio Lucisano
Director: Luigi Scattini
Script: Franco Castellano, Pipolo
Photography: Fausto Zuccoli
Music Piero Umiliani
Cast:
Buster Keaton, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Martha Hyer, and Fred Clark