Three Ages

Overview

Thirty years after its release, Buster Keaton admitted that his first feature film was essentially three two-reel comedies strung together. Perhaps this was a way for the comic filmmaker to play it safe; he had achieved success for his short films and if Three Ages wasn't going very well, its trio of storylines could have been chopped up into separate films. The picture was a send-up of D.W. Griffith's 1916 masterpiece Intolerance. But instead of following greed and hatred through the ages, Keaton focused on ...
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Overview

Thirty years after its release, Buster Keaton admitted that his first feature film was essentially three two-reel comedies strung together. Perhaps this was a way for the comic filmmaker to play it safe; he had achieved success for his short films and if Three Ages wasn't going very well, its trio of storylines could have been chopped up into separate films. The picture was a send-up of D.W. Griffith's 1916 masterpiece Intolerance. But instead of following greed and hatred through the ages, Keaton focused on love. His settings were the Stone Age, the Roman era and 1920s America, with Margaret Leahy as the girl and Wallace Beery as the villain in each segment. The stories are intercut, but they're basically the same: the villain uses either brutish or dishonest means to get the girl and Buster must somehow overcome him.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • UPC: 738329013622
  • Original Release: 1923
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,010

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Buster Keaton The Boy
Margaret Leahy The Girl
Wallace Beery The Villain
Lillian Lawrence The Girl's Mother
Joe Roberts The Girl's Father
Horace Morgan The Emperor
Blanche Payson The Amazon
Oliver Hardy
Lionel Belmore
Technical Credits
Edward F. Cline Director
Buster Keaton Director
Clyde Bruckman Screenwriter
Jean Havez Screenwriter
Elgin Lessley Cinematographer
William McGann Cinematographer
Joseph Mitchell Screenwriter
Joseph M. Schenck Producer
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Scene Index

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0. Chapter Selections
1. "Three Ages" Opening Titles [2:02]
2. Man Finds Woman [14:33]
3. Man Attempts to Arouse Jealousy [11:29]
4. Man Fights for Woman [3:37]
5. The Fight Continues [14:56]
6. Man Gets Woman [15:25]
7. Love Has Not Changed [1:24]
8. "The Goat" Opening Titles [3:56]
9. Escape From Millionaires' Row [5:36]
10. Wanted Dead or Alive [10:29]
11. Going Up or Down? [3:13]
12. "My Wife's Relations" Opening Titles [2:39]
13. A Polish Wedding [1:36]
14. First Day With the In-Laws [12:46]
15. The Problems of the Rich [7:22]
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