The Balloonatic

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The Balloonatic
Directed by Buster Keaton
Edward F. Cline
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Buster Keaton
Edward F. Cline
Starring Buster Keaton
Cinematography Elgin Lessley
Release dates
  • January 22, 1923 (1923-01-22)
Running time
22 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Balloonatic is a 1923 American short comedy film co-directed by and starring Buster Keaton.[1] It was one of Keaton's final short films.[2]


A young man (Keaton) has a series of encounters in an amusement area, much like Coney Island, until happening upon a group of men preparing a hot air balloon for launch. The young man assists the group by climbing atop the balloon to afix a pennant, when the balloon mistakenly takes flight with no one aboard but the young man. The young man finally downs the balloon in a wilderness area, where he encounters a young outdoorswoman and proceeds to have a series of misadventures.


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  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Balloonatic". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  2. ^ "NY Times: The Balloonatic". NY Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 

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