Sound of Silent Star — Sound of Silents

Lost and Found Sound: Buster Keaton and Noise from Silent Movies

Buster Keaton, silent film star, wearing a sailors outfit, circa 1923

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The Three Keatons: Buster, his mother Myra and father Joe, circa 1901.

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A much older Buster Keaton leans on a banister with old photographs behind him, circa 1962

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Part 1: Buster Keaton and the Ukelele

Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison and Lost and Found Sound brings us Buster Keaton. Listener Bob Borgen has a tape of the silent film star at a party in 1962. Some friends gave him a ukelele and recorded his songs, stories and memories of Vaudeville.

Part 2: Sound from the Silent Film Era

Part 1 was produced by Jay Allison. Part 2 was produced by NPR's Bob Mondello.

Film critic Bob Mondello reviews the days of silent films and how the introduction of sound forever changed the beauty and benefit of silence.



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