21 April 2017

Published April 19, 2017 by rochellewisoff

Blue Ceiling FF

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


“Papa, how could you fire Joe?” Myra Cutler flung her dance shoes into her suitcase. “He was an asset to the show.”

“You’re only off by two letters.” Frank, head of the Cutler Comedy Club, embraced his seventeen-year-old daughter. “All that wastrel has on his mind is my talented baby girl. You’ve no future with him.”

 Pulling back, Myra clenched her teeth. “We’re going to be huge Vaudeville stars.”


A year later, in 1895, after a show in Piqua, Kansas, weary from performing, Myra gave birth to the third member of their act—Joseph Frank Keaton—better known as Buster.



Buster, Myra and Joe Keaton known in Vaudeville as “The Three Keatons”

For those unfamiliar with silent film star Buster Keaton, here’s a taste of his comedic genius. 

101 comments on “21 April 2017

  • I guess Joe had some good genes to pass on! Talk about a family business! Great peek into the lives of these particular brand of stars.
    You did it again, Rochelle! Brought to life the past. I just love how you do that…

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  • Once again you hit on one of my all time favorites. I have always adored Keaton, a man I consider to be both a genius and an American tragedy. There was a candid camera bit late in his career when he sits in disguise.next to a couple in a diner, improvising one minor catastrophe after another. And who can forget his cameo in Sunset Boulevard? There are a number of fine documentaries about him on YouTube that I heartily recommend.

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  • Love this clip! Just watched it with my thirteen year old and we were both chuckling. These masters of old cinema amaze me. We watch cinema now with its garish special effects, but in early cinema it was all real – just astonishing.
    Love your story Rochelle, that fiesty Myra running off to catch up with her man. So lovely. Thanks so much for sharing such a great tale.

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  • Great little story – another one of your “before the story” stories. I love the clip you posted with it. The house looked like it was designed by Picasso, so perhaps they are better off without it 😉

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    • Dear Trent,

      We wouldn’t think so now but in the time the movie was made, people were able to buy prefab homes. In any case, I enjoyed the flick…particularly when he nailed the car to the side of the house. 😀 Glad you enjoyed my story. Thank you.



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  • Very funny, Rochelle… the house made me giggle straight away… so those were dancing shoes, were they? I wondered about them when I peered at the picture… i also appreciated your writing… it’s so effective with no adjectives… I suppose that’s what FF teaches you…

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    • Dear Valerie,

      The thought of your giggling delights me. I don’t know if the shoes are dancing shoes or not, but in my story they are. 🙂 I’ve learned a lot about stronger writing through FF. Thank you for gracing my page. I love your visits, my friend.




  • Dear Confuse-us Yogini,

    How wonderful of you to feature a comic genius. I’ve long been an admirer of his work. When I was in my twenties there was a TV station in Tulsa that showed comedy classics from the early days of film every Sunday. Most of those stars had spent years working vaudeville before going into movies. I loved them all, but WC Fields was my favorite.

    Mr. Classic

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    • Dear Mr. Classic,

      My dad was a great fan of Vaudeville. He spoke of it with reverence and affection. I must say he passed that love of the classics down to his daughter. Glad you enjoyed. When I look at Mr. Keaton’s slap shoes in this clip I can’t help but think of a certain class clown. 😉



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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Thank you for yet another interesting snippet from history brought to life by your storytelling. If only they’d taught history like this at school, I might have stayed wide awake in lessons!

    Buster Keaton was great. Just loved him.

    All best wishes,

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      • Dear Rochelle,
        If my son gets to teach history, which he’s hoping to do, I will remind him to include face and heart in his lessons so his students don’t sleep! His history teacher in his first school was fantastic, so inspired him forever in the subject.
        All best wishes,

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        • Dear Sarah,
          I had one teacher two years in a row who was amazing. I probably learned more between the ages of 12 and 13 than any other. Mr. McShane, he added drama and excitement to history. I wish your son all the best. He could be embarking on an adventure and taking young minds with him.



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  • Lovely story, Rochelle, and based on a real person and event, which is an extra bonus:) Joseph Frank, son-in-law and father-in-law linked forever in their son/grandson’s name. Lovely idea of reconciliation. I haven’t a clue, but I suppose they got on in the end…

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