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Writers:
Bronson Howard (original play "The Henrietta")
Victor Mapes (play)
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Release Date:
September 1920 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The simple-minded son of a rich financier must find his own way in the world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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Buster Keaton on Blu-ray: The Saphead Review
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

Buster Keaton ... Bertie Van Alstyne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katherine Albert ... Hattie (uncredited)
Henry Clauss ... Valet (uncredited)
Alfred Hollingsworth ... Hathaway (uncredited)
Helen Holte ... Henrietta Reynolds (uncredited)
Jeffrey Williams ... Hutchins (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Blaché 
Winchell Smith 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bronson Howard  original play "The Henrietta"
Victor Mapes  play "The New Henrietta"
June Mathis  scenario
Winchell Smith  play "The New Henrietta"

Produced by
John Golden .... producer
Marcus Loew .... producer
Winchell Smith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Israel (1995)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Wenstrom 
 
Art Direction by
F.H. Webster 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcel De Sano .... assistant director
 
Music Department
Robert Israel .... musical director (1995 edition)
 
Other crew
Raymond Rohauer .... presenter (new version)
 
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77 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Bertie:Do all these seats cost 100,000 dollars?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Unexpected Keaton, 21 January 2002
Author: Damfino1895 from Pembrokeshire, Wales

The problem with this film is that it not a slapstick comedy and was never intended to be one, so if you are going to watch it forget about Buster Keaton, the comedian and look at Buster Keaton, the actor. Keaton is a revelation in this film, his performance is restrained and excellent proving that he was an actor as well as a comedian, a fact that makes his middle years even more sadder, truly a talent wasted by the studio system of the 30's. I'd like to add that Keaton had no problems adjusting to talkies, as commonly assumed, he had a fine speaking voice and could deliver a comic line perfectly, the problem lay with him losing control of his productions and being given poor quality material to work with, he never lost his talent as widely believed. All the performances in this little gem of a movie are first class especially Irving Cummings and William H Crane as well as Keaton's. This is a nice way to spend an hour, but, the final twenty minutes are the best as it is plain to see Keaton's contribution in the scenes in the Stock Exchange as Bertie runs around manically saying "I take it", but, not really knowing why. For many people, their only experience of silent movies is slapstick comedy, so I would say broaden your horizons and start with this one.

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