Sound of Silent Star -- Sound of Silents Silent film star Buster Keaton is always seen more than he is heard. But through our Quest for Sound phone line and listener Bob Borgen, we hear Keaton sing at a party. Also, NPR film critic Bob Mondello takes us back to the days of silent films and reminds us that there was a time when we weren't supposed to hear anything in the movies. July 30, 1999
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Sound of Silent Star -- Sound of Silents

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Sound of Silent Star -- Sound of Silents

Sound of Silent Star — Sound of Silents

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

Sound of Silent Star -- Sound of Silents

Only Available in Archive Formats.

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The Three Keatons: Buster, his mother Myra and father Joe, circa 1901. Bob Borgen. hide caption

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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 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.