Buster and Elmer: Silent Film Star Buster Keaton and His Saint Bernard
Film comedian Buster Keaton (1895 1966), whose 1926 silent
classic The General is considered by many to be one of the greatest motion
pictures of all time, owned several very large dogs during his life. Among them were
Captain, a Belgian police dog who eventually grew to 160 pounds; Trotsky, an Irish
Wolfhound; and two Saint Bernards, Barry and Elmer.
Keaton used to bring Elmer with him to the MGM studios in the 1930s, and the
bungalow that served as his dressing room on the lot was nicknamed "Keaton's Kennel."
During the particularly unpleasant breakdown of his second marriage, Keaton's wife,
the former Mae Scriven, sold many of his prized possessions without his knowledge,
including Elmer. Buster even went so far as to hire a private detective, but he was
never able to locate his beloved companion.