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The Saphead (1920)

 -  Comedy  -  September 1920 (USA)
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The simple-minded son of a rich financier must find his own way in the world.

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Complete credited cast:
Edward Jobson ...
Reverend Murray Hilton
Beulah Booker ...
Agnes Gates
Edward Connelly ...
Mr. Musgrave
Edward Alexander ...
Watson Flint
Irving Cummings ...
Mark Turner
Odette Taylor ...
Mrs. Cornelia Opdyke
Carol Holloway ...
Rose Turner
Jack Livingston ...
Dr. George Wainright
William H. Crane ...
Nicholas Van Alstyne
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Bertie Van Alstyne
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Nick Van Alstyne owns the Henrietta silver mine and is very rich. His son Bertie is naive and spoiled. His daughter Rose is married to shady investor Mark. Mark wrecks Bertie's wedding plans by making him take the blame for Mark's illegitimate daughter. Mark also nearly ruins the family business by selling off Henrietta stock at too low a price. Bertie, of all people, must come to the rescue on the trading floor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Bronson Howard's play, "The Henrietta," opened in New York on 26 September 1887; a revised play, "The New Henrietta," by Winchell Smith and Victor Mapes opened there on 22 December 1913 and closed in February 1914 after 48 performances. The opening night cast of the latter play included Douglas Fairbanks as Bertie, Zeffie Tilbury as Hattie and Arthur Stuart Hull as Dr. Wainwright. See more »

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When Bertie's car pulls up to the house after the aborted wedding, the front gate is closed, but when he gets out of the car it is wide open. See more »

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Bertie: I'm good. I've tried my best to get over it - but I can't - and I still kneel down and say my prayers every morning - before I go to bed.
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Least humorous of Keaton's silent features
11 May 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

As melodrama THE SAPHEAD is competent. It's surprising that Keaton was cast in it as he gets hardly any opportunity for inserting gags. It's almost a case of miscasting. This Metro 78 minute feature contains only a few inspired moments: the cast appearing before the film in cameo silhouettes which come to life; Buster meeting the wrong train; Buster failing to get arrested despite many attempts during a gambling raid; and his final acrobatic leaps, slides, runs on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The KINO video print is in pristine condition- sharp and without flaws. It is tinted and features a full orchestral score.

The only value the film has is for die hard Keaton fans - and Kino's copy features two of his best shorts to guarantee the sale - THE HIGH SIGN and ONE WEEK.


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