Happy Birthday, Buster Keaton!

One of the greatest film geniuses who ever lived, Buster Keaton, was born this day in Piqua (and that’s pronounced pick-way, and I know because I’ve been there), Kansas, in 1895. I had to work hard to get this screen cap, because everybody is moving so fast, but here it is. Timothy and Buster on screen together in William Asher‘s Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), as a confused Linda Evans looks on.

Tim was a big fan of silent movies. I like to think he got a chance to talk with Buster about Hollywood’s golden days during the making of this film. Happy birthday anniversary to the Great Stone Face.

4 responses to “Happy Birthday, Buster Keaton!

  1. This is the one that introduced me to Timothy as South Dakota Slim. I was about eight or nine when I saw it, and Carey struck me as the most interesting and fun character in the entire movie. After that I always kept an eye out for him, but didn’t encounter him very often. I think my next two sightings were the beach party film where he plays North Dakota Pete and then Head, as Lord Hi and Low.


    • He’s most definitely the best thing in the movie! Actually, Len Lesser played North Dakota Pete in “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.” Sounds like possibly the filmmakers were hoping Tim would reprise his role as Slim, but he turned them down so they created another similarly-named character? Not sure, I haven’t seen that movie in years. He is absolutely priceless in “Head”, isn’t he?? “Atta boy, Mike!”


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