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Seven Chances (1925)

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A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries. By 7 p.m. Today.

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Financial broker Jimmie Shannon is nearly bankrupt when an attorney presents grandfather's will leaving him seven million dollars. In order to inherit the money Jimmie must marry before 7 pm on his 27th birthday - today! Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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11 March 1925 (USA)  »

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In his desperate search for a woman - any woman - to marry, Buster Keaton is passing a variety theater. There is a large picture of a visiting artiste who is playing there, and Keaton bribes someone to let him go in at the stage door. As he goes in, a workman removes a box that was obscuring the bottom of the poster ... and we see the name of the "artiste" ... Julian Eltinge. Eltinge was a famous female impersonator, so famous that no further explanation is needed when Keaton almost immediately emerges, looking disconcerted. See more »

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Mary's note changes slightly between the time she writes it and the time Jimmie reads it. See more »

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Jimmie Shannon: (looking at a list of possible brides) Who bats next?
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Referenced in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) See more »

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One of Keaton's top three comedy features
8 June 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is one of Keaton's absolute best comedies and a superb example of clever invention -in narrative, in gag development, and in the use of composition and editing to achieve comedic effects. Among the unforgettable moments are:

The trip from the country club to his sweetheart's home and back by hopping in a car and letting the backgrounds dissolve.

The marriage proposal response from the balcony of the country club.

The stairway proposal - one going up and one coming down.

The hatcheck girl's response to her proposal.

Jean Arthur's bit part as "Miss Smith."

The proposal while driving and the resultant encounter with a tree.

The ethnic mistake.

The barber with the dummy heads.

The Julian Eltinge error.

The race of expectant brides to reach the church.

The clocks in a shop window of different times.

The ladies' absorption of the bricks.

The football field invasion.

The turtle on Buster's tie.

The entire twenty minute concluding chase, especially with the onslaught of the rocks.

Kino's print is the best of all the Keaton films they have released-crisp, clear, sharp and flawless. This Metro-Goldwyn feature only lasts for 56 minutes but it seems to whiz by in even shorter time than that. The score is one for violin,piano and drums. Although much is made of the short opening two-strip Technicolor scenes- four of them

  • in this print it is a red wash- no color at all. The rest of the film


is beautifully tinted.

Don't miss this one - a great great comedy.


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