American film comedian Buster Keaton and Donald O'Connor wearing matching pork-pie hats and slapshoes. O'Connor is playing the title role in the biographical film ‘The Buster Keaton Story’ directed by Sidney Sheldon.
“His stunts and acrobatics are never merely stunts and acrobatics… Buster’s stunts are unique because he was always an actor and comedian first. As he puts it simply, “stuntmen don’t get laughs.” Buster was never content to wow audiences with his athleticism; he used his incredible balance, agility and muscular control to communicate; to tell a story with his body.“
The Generalwas Buster’s personal favorite of all his films, largely because he did everything himself - he wrote, directed, and starred in the film. He was proud of the film’s dramatic structure, it’s epic scale and its authenticity. When Buster was asked why he believed The Generallooked more authentic than Gone With the Wind(1939), he modestly replied, “Well, they went to a novel for their story. We went to history.”
-From the book, Buster Keaton Remembered by Eleanor Keaton and Jeffrey Vance