[Hollywood Cavalcade 1939]
"Gals," he said, "used to go for Buster. Clean-cut. Quick. Athletic. That great smile—worth a million dollars because they never saw it on the screen—his nice language, his thoughtfulness, his wonderful dancing. Yes, the gals took a second look at Buster Keaton." Collier became reflective. "That came along," he said, "a little later on in his marriage. I don’t think that Buster was fundamentally—Let me say, I think that Buster was reassured by it. I can tell you this: he was susceptible to flattery." Collier hesitated. "No, not flattery, but he sure needed affection. Affection kept him going, I’m sure of it. Kept him from building up a wall around himself."
- William “Buster” Collier, Jr. (a childhood friend of Keaton) from the book “Keaton” by Rudi Blesh
You’re doing a great job of that nogush.
Harold was adorable, a hard worker and truly funny. I respect the stunt work he was able to accomplish with half a hand missing. My favorite film of his is “The Freshman”.
But to be honest, I save all my love for Buster. Apart from him being gorgeous, I find his films edgier, his life story more compelling, and he was a man of great generosity and humility. He also had a three act career (vaudeville, film and t.v.), something no other silent film star accomplished.
For me, he’s the whole package (no prurience intended).
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In May of 1922 Natalie became pregnant with the couple’s second child. Location shooting began on “Our Hospitality” in July. By all accounts, they had never been happier. The film was a huge hit with audiences.
After their son, Robert, was born in February 1923, Natalie moved Buster out of their bedroom, never to return.
Why did she do this? Why did he stay?