Directed by: Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline
Release Date: September 24, 1923
Length: 6 reels (5251 feet)
Buster Keaton: The Hero
Margaret Leahy: The Girl
Joe Roberts:The Girl’s Father
Lillian Lawrence: The Girl’s Mother
Wallace Beery: The Villain
Oliver Hardy: Rival’s Roman Helper
Kewpie Morgan: The Emperor / Cave Man / Roman Thug (as Horace Morgan)
Blanche Payson: Amazon Cavewoman
7/25/23: Joseph M. Schenck Productions
3/8/79: Raymond Rohauer obtained the copyright, and it was eventually taken by Cohen Media. This was a matter of dispute between the parties for a time, but the film has now entered the public domain.
2019: Public Domain
Credits courtesy of Jack Dragga
The villain, Wallace Beery, would go on to be a big star at M-G-M in the 1930s, at the same time Buster was struggling at the same studio.
Margaret Leahy, Buster’s British leading lady, won a contest in England, and was supposed to get a featured role in a Norma Talmadge film… but that didn’t work out well, so she was moved over to Buster’s production company.
Three Ages was slight spoof of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, which also took place in several different eras.