Buster Keaton, silent film star, circa 1923
The Three Keatons: Buster, his mother Myra and father Joe, circa 1901.
Buster Keaton at home, circa 1962.
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 1 was produced by Jay Allison. Part 2 was produced by NPR's Bob Mondello.
Part 2: Sound from the Silent Film Era
Film critic Bob Mondello reviews the days of silent films and how the introduction of sound forever changed the beauty and benefit of silence.