Director: James W. Horne, 1927

PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region free, Blu-Ray release

Buster Keaton goes back to school and stages a hilarious send-up of university life in College. Keaton stars as Ronald, an idealistic freshman who attends Clayton College in pursuit of higher learning, but finds himself instead embroiled in a war of athletics as he fights for the heart of his beloved coed, Mary (Anne Cornwall). More than he had in any other feature, Keaton stretched the boundaries of solo physical comedy. In a series of unforgettable vignettes, stone-faced Ronald tries his hand as a baseball player, soda jerk, waiter, coxswain, and track star, performing each task with a steady determination but with consistently disastrous results. These scenes are especially amazing because in demonstrating Ronald’s athletic inadequacies, Keaton reveals a surprising degree of physical prowess and finesse, particularly during the film’s exhilarating climax.

Special Features

Mastered in HD from 35mm archival elements

Musical setting by John Muri

Audio commentary by film historian Rob Farr, founder of the Slapsticon silent film festival

Visual essay on the film’s locations by Silent Echoes author John Bengtson

“The Scribe” (1966, 30 min) This industrial film, sponsored by the Construction Safety Association of Ontario, is believed to be Keaton’s last film performance

Film details:

US 1927 B&W 64 min. 1.33:1
1920 x 1080p

Directed by James W. Horne

Produced by Joseph M. Schenck

Screenplay by Carl Harbaugh and Bryan Foy

Photographed by Bert Haines and Devereaux Jennings

With Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Snitz Edwards, Harold Goodwin, Florence Turner

Produced for Video by Bret Wood

Licensed by Lobster Films