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The Cameraman
Director: Edward Sedgwick (Dir)
Release Date:   22 Sep 1928
Premiere Information:   New York opening: week of 15 Sep 1928
Duration (in mins):   68
Duration (in feet):   6,995
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Buster Keaton (Buster)  
    Marceline Day (Sally)  
    Harold Goodwin (Stagg)  
    Sidney Bracy (Editor)  
    Harry Gribbon (Cop)  
    Edward Brophy (Man in changing room)  
    Vernon Dent (Fat man in tight bathing suit)  

Summary: Tintype photographer Buster falls in love with Sally, a secretary for the M-G-M Newsreel, and pawns his still camera in order to buy an antiquated movie camera. At Sally's urging, Buster photographs news events that may be of interest to M-G-M, but all of his attempts turn out badly. Sally tips Buster off about an impending tong war in Chinatown, and he covers all the dangerous action only to find that he had no film in his camera. The following day, Buster is filming a regatta and Sally falls overboard from the boat of Stagg, a cowardly M-G-M cameraman who deserts her to save himself. Buster rescues Sally and wins her undying love. 

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Production Text: A Buster Keaton Production; An Edward Sedgwick Production
Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick (Dir)
Writer: Clyde Bruckman (Story)
  Lew Lipton (Story)
  Richard Schayer (Cont)
  Joe Farnham (Titles)
Photography: Elgin Lessley (Photog)
  Reggie Lanning (Photog)
Art Direction: Fred Gabourie (Settings)
Film Editor: Hugh Wynn (Film ed)
  Basil Wrangell (Film ed)
Costumes: David Cox (Ward)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. 15/9/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25722

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Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Chinatowns
  Chinese Americans
  Newsreel cameramen
  Tongs (Secret societies)
Subjects (Minor): Boatracing

Note: Although only Hugh Wynn is credited onscreen as the film editor, other contemporary sources also credit Basil Wrangell. Modern Sources credit Frank Dugas as the film's Asst cam and include Richard Alexander, Ray Cooke and William Irving in the cast. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   23 Sep 28   p. 9.
The Film Spectator   24 Nov 1928   p. 11.
Life   5 Oct 28   p. 25.
New York Times   17 Sep 28   p. 27.
Photoplay   Oct 28   p. 54.
Variety   19 Sep 28   p. 12.

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