Doug and Buster

The programme for the 15th Annual Buster Keaton Celebration has been announced, held as always at Iola, Kansas, 28-29 September. This year the theme is Buster Keaton & Douglas Fairbanks: “Disciples” of Teddy Rooseveldt’s Philosophy for Pursuing the Physically Strenuous Life, which sounds bracing. The full programme is on the festival site, but the main features are Keaton’s The Love Nest (1923), The Saphead (1920, which happens to be a remake of Fairbanks’ first film, The Lamb), Mooching through Georgia (1939, a Keaton sound short) and Fairbanks’ The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916), Down to Earth (1917), The Black Pirate (1926), and When the Clouds Roll By (1919). Music accompaniment will be by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.