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uh . . . . he was under MGM contract (aka NO ARTISTIC CONTROL)

and it started him drinking, not being able to make his own films without the studio getting very much in the way of his creative style.

Oh, and Chaplin had his own studio, he could take as long as he wanted/needed to

47 takes for the intro to the flower girl in City Lights


Nothing against Keaton but his drinking started well before the MGM contract. Unfortunately, he had several very big injuries (to the neck) from his earlier movies but most people noted that Buster was always a heavy drinker. I believe reports that his father was an alcoholic as well.

Of course his MGM contract and his marriage ending made the drinking worse.