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The Saphead
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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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Pretty Good Overall; The Last Part is Excellent See more (17 total) »

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)
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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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Buster Keaton was recommended for the role by Douglas Fairbanks, who had created the role on Broadway and turned down the chance to play it again in the film.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: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.See more »
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Referenced in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Good Overall; The Last Part is Excellent, 26 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

While it is certainly not up to the standard of the later films that Keaton would direct and/or write himself, "The Saphead" is still a nice little film, and the last part is excellent, a sign of things to come. It would be worth watching for the last 20 minutes alone, and the first part is not bad either, just old-fashioned and sometimes a bit slow.

Keaton plays Bertie, the timid son of a rich businessman. Most of the film involves the business and romantic difficulties of Bertie, his sister, and his brother-in-law. It's slow at times, with some melodrama and a fair amount of mild humor but not a lot of really funny material. It's a decent story of the kind common to silent films, is usually pleasant to watch, and is important as the prelude and setup to the climax. In the last part of the film, Bertie joins the stock exchange, and all the story lines come together in a creative and very entertaining sequence that finally gives Keaton a chance to display his great variety of comic skills.

If you enjoy Keaton's other films, this one is not up to their level, but it is still worth watching.

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