One Week

  • Directors: Edward F Cline, Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck
  • Writers: Edward F Cline, Buster Keaton
  • Genres: Short, Comedy
  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts, Lon Chaney citation needed

The story involves two newlyweds, Keaton and Seely, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in “one week.” A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton’s struggle to assemble the house according to this new “arrangement”. The end result is depicted in the picture. As if this weren’t enough, Keaton finds he has built his house on the wrong site and has to move it. The movie reaches its tense climax when the house becomes stuck on railroad tracks and with great effort, Keaton and Seely just manage to move it out the way of an oncoming train. As the couple look relived, the house is immediately struck and demolished by another train coming the other way. Keaton stares at the scene, places a ‘For Sale’ sign with the heap (attaching the building instructions) and walks off with Seely.

The New York Times movie review said, “One Week, a Buster Keaton work, has more fun in it than most slap-stick, trick-property comedies.”[2]

Steamboat Bill Jr

  • Directors: Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck
  • Writers: Carl Harbaugh, Buster Keaton
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Buster Keaton

The story concerns a young man straight out of college making good as a Mississippi steamboat captain, trying to follow in his father’s footsteps, and falling in love with the daughter of John James King (Tom McGuire) who is his father’s business rival.

College

  • Directors: James W Horne, Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck
  • Writers: Bryan Foy, Carl Harbaugh
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Harold Goodwin

Set in Southern California, the movie opens with Ronald graduating high school as the school’s “most brilliant scholar”. At his graduation, Ronald speaks on the “Curse of the Athlete” in which he argues that books are more important that athletics.

After Graduation Ronald decides to follow Mary, the girl who rejected him because she loves athletes more than book worms, to Clayton which the dean describes as an “athlete-infested college”. While at Clayton, Ronald, in an effort to impress Mary tries out and fails in the various sports.

Eventually the dean calls in Ronald to ask him why his grades are suffering. After Ronald explains the situation to the dean, the dean empathizes with Ronald and orders the rowing coach to make Ronald the coxswain in the upcoming competition. The coach reluctantly agrees but tries to sabotage Ronald so he cannot compete.

Meanwhile, Mary starts to appreciate Ronald’s futile efforts to impress her. However, on the day of the competition Jeff, Mary’s jock boyfriend, gets kicked out of college and takes her hostage in her room in an effort to get her kicked out also so she can marry him. In the end, Ronald ends up winning her over.

Sherlock Jr

  • Directors: Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck, Buster Keaton
  • Writers: Clyde Bruckman, Jean Havez, Joseph A Mitchell
  • Genres: Short, Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Actors: Buster Keaton

A movie projectionist and janitor (Buster Keaton) who is studying to become a detective is in love with a beautiful girl (Kathryn McGuire). On a date he presents her with chocolates and an engagement ring. However, there is another man who’s also interested in his girl (Ward Crane).

One day he is accused of stealing his girlfriend’s father’s watch. He falls asleep on the job and dreams that he is a Sherlock Holmes-type detective, solving the case of who stole a valuable pearl necklace.

Seven Chances

  • Directors: Buster Keaton
  • Producers: Joseph M Schenck, Buster Keaton
  • Writers: Story, David Belasco, Roi Cooper Megrue, Screenplay, Clyde Bruckman, Jean Havez, Joseph A Mitchell
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Buster Keaton

The story tells of Jimmy Shannon (Buster Keaton ), a financial broker who’s nearly bankrupt when an attorney presents his grandfather’s will that left him seven million dollars.

In order to inherit the money, Jimmie must marry before 7 pm on his 27th birthday, which is the day he reads the will.