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Rare Gems on DVD

Our users have spoken, and we have listened. You want to see rare and hard to find films, and we have created for you the Silent Gems Collection, available on eBay. This DVD collection includes rare and for the first time available films with our stars, as well as other silent masterpieces. These are high quality films that are hard to find anywhere else. Please click on this link to see the collection: Silent Gems Collection

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 Out Yonder 1919The Woman God Forgot 1917That Model from Paris 1926For Better for Worse 1919Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall 1924

 

OUR DOCUMENTARY

    We are proud to present to all silent film lovers our multiple award-winning documentary! In March 2015 it won the distinction "Award of Merit" at the San Francisco Film Awards. In May it won the Silver Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards. In September 2015 it won the Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Of equal merit is the inclusion of the documentary in the Official Selection of the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2015. In December the documentary won the extremely prestigious Diamond Award at the 2015 California Film Awards. The amazing run of recognition for our documentary continued in 2016. In February it was included in the Official Selection of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.

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   Buster Keaton and Snitz Edwards

 

Directed by                     Buster Keaton
Produced by                   Buster Keaton, Joseph M. Schenck
Written by                      Paul Gerard Smith, Al Boasberg, Charles H. Smith, Lex Neal
Based on                         the play Battling Butler by Stanley Brightman and Austin Melford, adapted by Ballard MacDonald
Starring                          Buster Keaton, Sally O'Neil, Snitz Edwards, Francis McDonald
Cinematography            J.D. Jennings, Bert Haines
Distributed by                MGM
Release date                    September 19, 1926
Running time                 77 minutes
Country                           United States
Language                         Silent film, English intertitles

"Battling Butler" is a sparkling comedy starring Buster Keaton and featuring our star Snitz Edwards.

The film is still under copyright, which prevents us from streaming it on our site.  We will be able to show you this masterpiece in 2021.

 

Buster Keaton plays a young fellow by the name of Alfred Butler, who is unable to take care of himself, so for everything he counts on the help of his valet Snitz Edwards. 

One day Buster Keaton's parents decide that they have had enough and send him to go camping to rough it and make a man of himself.  With the forests full of game and the creeks full of fish Buster Keaton is unable to catch anything.  Instead, he falls in love with a mountain girl (Sally O'Neil).  Then Snitz Edwards stumbles upon an article in the newspaper that a namesake of Buster Keaton, Alfred "Battling" Butler, is a boxer who will fight for the championship.

Buster Keaton decides that he wants to marry Sally O'Neil.  Snitz Edwards delivers the marriage proposal to her family, but is rebuffed with "We don't want any weaklings in our ranks".  Snitz Edwards then concocts a story, saying that his master is a prizefighter and shows the article in the paper.  When Buster Keaton asks Snitz Edwards "How will we get away with this lie?", the latter replies that "Battling" Butler is bound to lose the fight and that nobody will hear of him again.  Complications arise, however, when "Battling" Butler wins and Buster Keaton is welcomed with flowers and music by Sally O'Neil's family, and is immediately taken to a minister with her in a wedding dress.

Buster Keaton is then forced to go through a rough boxing training and exhausting physical conditioning to take the next fight of "Battling" Butler, who declares that he quits.  On the day of the fight Buster Keaton learns that everything has been a joke and that "Battling" Butler will step into the ring himself.  The joke turns to a terrifying reality when "Battling" Butler knocks out his opponent and comes back to the locker room to exact his revenge on Buster Keaton for impersonating him and for perceived flirting with his wife.

In the middle of taking a real beating Buster Keaton catches a glimpse of the horrified faces of Sally O'Neil and Snitz Edwards, who witness the carnage.  He manages to find the strength and the courage to turn the fight around and knock out his adversary.

 

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   Buster Keaton and Snitz Edwards

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