The Balloonatic

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The Balloonatic
The Balloonatic (1923) 1.jpg
Still with Buster Keaton and Phyllis Haver
Directed byBuster Keaton
Edward F. Cline
Produced byJoseph M. Schenck
Written byBuster Keaton
Edward F. Cline
StarringBuster Keaton
CinematographyElgin Lessley
Release date
  • January 22, 1923 (1923-01-22)
Running time
22 minutes
CountryUnited States
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 affix 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 February 26, 2008.
  2. ^ "NY Times: The Balloonatic". NY Times. Retrieved April 30, 2010.

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