Vintage original 8 x 10 in. US single-weight glossy photograph from the silent film drama, BUTTONS, released in 1927 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and directed by George W. Hill.The image features an interior shot inside the gymnasium on board an ocean liner as an exhausted Slugger (Paul Hurst) tries to keep shirtless passenger Henri Rizard (Roy D'Arcy) in the saddle of a motorized exercise machine while Buttons (Jackie Coogan), one of the ship's page boys, watches. It is in very fine- condition.
*"Buttons is a 1927 American silent drama film directed by George W. Hill and written by Marian Constance Blackton, Ralph Spence, and Hayden Talbot. The film stars Jackie Coogan, Lars Hanson, Gertrude Olmstead, Paul Hurst, and Roy D'Arcy. The film was released on December 24, 1927, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is one of the few Jackie Coogan films to be considered a lost film."
*"Although the Copyright Catalog entry for Buttons lists it as a sound picture, that appears to have been a typographical error. Some reviews called the cabin boy character "Buttons" the first adult role of thirteen-year-old actor Jackie Coogan because he portrayed a teenager, with short hair, rather than a child with the trademark Dutchboy haircut that he previously wore.
Buttons, a street urchin, becomes a page boy on the transatlantic liner S. S. Queenland, commanded by Captain Travers. Buttons and his friend, Slugger, the ship's recreation leader, get into trouble when they try to show the captain that his fiancée, Ruth, is cheating on him with a bounder named Henri Rizard. Perceiving that they, in addition to Ruth, have abused him, Travers has Buttons and Slugger thrown in the brig. During a shipwreck, Buttons shows his loyalty to Travers when he swims to the bridge and declares his intention to go down with the captain. Real tragedy is avoided when Slugger, on a raft, picks up the two after the ship sinks."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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