I'll be the first to state it: MGM's vehicles for Buster were crappy. But insane curiosity provoked me to buy three of them, and record another. You have to admit it's a unique novelty in itself to hear a silent star *talking*. I actually like his voice, though others have said that it was too gruff for his gentle on-screen persona. But it can't be blamed for his lack of success at MGM. I'd rather not think about it.
Anyhow, the main idea being that I like his voice, and don't like the movies, I've set up some wavs for my own amusement and maybe that of other BK fans. Tada!
Some were recorded via the complicated process of holding the mike up to the TV's speaker, and aren't the greatest quality. But the ones with a next to them indicate that they've been recorded correctly.
"Free & Easy"
"I love riding on trains." (43 k)
"...goodnight." (15 k)
Ouch. The irony. (192 k)
Buster sings the title song! (1.55 M)
(image from Silent Ladies & Gents)
Timoleon learns he's inherited 3/4 of a million-- A snap decision. (294 k)
Tim argues with the baggage guy about leaving his trunk. TZP:"Oh don't equivocate."
"Only trouble is.." Tim seeking help in vain from a guy by the train station (259 k)
Thelma Todd interprets the dance.
(with Thelma Todd.) "Have you ever thought seriously of marriage?" "Yes... that's why I'm single." (199k)
Tim stumbles on stage during a performance. "Ladies and gentlemen! As Lord Chesterfield said, 'An honest error is to be pitied and not ridiculed.'" (?k)
Timoleon tells off Eleanor Espere, who would marry him for his money...
Then tackles Pansy Peets with a smooch, which was kind of cute.
recording what he's going to say to his sweetheart, as Cliff Edwards runs a series of song titles past him. The funniest part of the movie.
(In a courtroom, being sworn in)
"I can't understand a thing he's sayin'."
"He's asking if you swear-"
"No, but I know all the words."
"Well what'll I do with this woman while I'm waiting? See, I'm not much at talkin'." (113 k)
Crank the volume all the way, these next two are barely audible. I don't know why I bothered, but they'll be redone ASAP.
Buster Sings "In a Little Spanish Town" from "Pest From the West" (kyoooot!)
Buster Keaton on working with the Marx Brothers: "It was an event when you could get all three of them on the set at the same time. The minute you started a picture with the Marx brothers you hired three assistant directors. One for each Marx brother. Y'had two of em, while you went to look for the third one and the first two would disappear.... They never worried what the next set-up was gonna be or what- the routine or anything else - sez - 'We'll ad-lib it when we get there'." (430k)
Listen to my favorite non-Keaton wavs here