An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
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
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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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