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Seven Chances
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Writers:
Roi Cooper Megrue (adapted from David Belasco's famous comedy by)
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Release Date:
11 March 1925 (USA) See more »
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A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries. By 7 p.m. Today. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Seven laughs a minute! See more (35 total) »

Cast

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Buster Keaton ... James Shannon
T. Roy Barnes ... His Partner
Snitz Edwards ... His Lawyer
Ruth Dwyer ... His Girl
Frances Raymond ... Her Mother (as Frankie Raymond)
Erwin Connelly ... The Clergyman
Jules Cowles ... The Hired Hand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Arthur ... Miss Smith - Receptionist at Country Club (uncredited)
Lori Bara ... Mother of Underage Girl (uncredited)
Bartine Burkett ... Girl at Country Club (uncredited)
Rosalind Byrne ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Louise Carver ... Prospective Bride Who Operates Crane (uncredited)
Doris Deane ... Girl Proposed to on Golf Course (uncredited)
Hazel Deane ... The Refuser (uncredited)
Connie Evans ... Girl at Country Club (uncredited)
Eugenia Gilbert ... Girl in Big Hat Who Laughs at Buster's Proposal (uncredited)
Rosa Gore ... Prospective Bride in Church (uncredited)
Edna Hammon ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Marion Harlan ... Girl Proposed to While Driving (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Jean C. Havez ... Man Getting Off Elevator (uncredited)
Judy King ... Shredder of 'Will You Marry Me' Note (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Rosalind Mooney ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Barbara Pierce ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kate Price ... Prospective Bride at Church (uncredited)
Billy Rinaldi ... Boy (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Barber (uncredited)

Constance Talmadge ... Girl in Car (uncredited)
Pauline Toller ... Girl at Country Club (uncredited)
S.D. Wilcox ... Policeman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Buster Keaton 
 
Writing credits
Roi Cooper Megrue (adapted from David Belasco's famous comedy by)

Clyde Bruckman (screen version) &
Jean C. Havez (screen version) (as Jean Havez) &
Joseph A. Mitchell (screen version) (as Joseph Mitchell)

Produced by
Buster Keaton .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Robert Israel (1995) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Byron Houck (photography)
Elgin Lessley (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Fred Gabourie 
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denver Harmon .... electrician
 
Music Department
Robert Israel .... music arranger (1995 version)
Robert Israel .... music compiler (1995 version)
 
Other crew
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
David Shepard .... video producer (1995 version) (as David H. Shepard)
Tony Campanaro .... wrangler (uncredited)
Fred Gabourie .... technical director (uncredited)
 
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56 min
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Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)
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Trivia:
Cameo: [Constance Talmadge]Popular actress and sister of Buster Keaton's wife at the time, Natalie Talmadge, has a small uncredited role.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The boulders are clearly fake - one boulder hits Buster and bounces off of him.See more »
Quotes:
Jimmie Shannon:(looking at a list of possible brides) Who bats next?See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Seven laughs a minute!, 30 October 2007
Author: ackstasis from Australia

Buster Keaton catapults himself down a steep hillside, an avalanche of pebbles, rocks and boulders tumbling in his wake. If any one of these objects were to strike him down, he would certainly be killed by the impact. He is almost escaping the rocks now; just a few more seconds of frantic sprinting is required. Suddenly, Keaton looks up, only to find a massive horde of woman striding purposefully towards him. He is stuck between a rock and a hard place: an avalanche behind him, and a flock of would-be brides ahead. Quickly and delicately weighing his chances of survival either way, Keaton turns determinedly towards the barrage of boulders. It is hilarious little moments like this that make Buster Keaton's silent comedies such a joy to watch, and 'Seven Chances' is certainly one of the funniest I've seen, brimming with the talented actor's trademark deadpan humour.

The premise on which the story is based is singularly ridiculous, and so this allows Keaton to have a great deal of fun, placing his character in appropriately bizarre situations. Young Jimmy Shannon (Keaton) loves his sweetheart Mary Jones (Ruth Dwyer), but can never quite muster up the courage to tell her, and most certainly could never take that plunge into marriage. However, one day he discovers that his grandfather has left him the princely sum of $7 million, but only if he gets married… by 7 PM that day! After he is rejected by Mary (due to an unfortunate misunderstanding), Jimmy seeks out another would-be bride, ultimately realising that finding a wife isn't as easy as he had hoped. The first half of the film is admittedly light on Keaton's patented stunt-work, but it remains a clever and witty situation comedy, with poor Jimmy suffering the laughter of onlookers as he moves from one girl to the next, tentatively asking for their hands in marriage.

When all this fails, an advertisement in the afternoon-edition newspaper brings hundreds of women to Jimmy's side, but by now he's realised that Mary is the only girl he could ever marry. As he struggles desperately to get to her home by 7:00, he is pursued by a horde of money-crazy ladies: big and small, young and old, beautiful and ugly. This is truly where Keaton comes into his element, and a hectic scramble down a hillside – pursued by an avalanche of rocks – is the film's most memorable moment {the idea for this scene came by accident, when Keaton inadvertently dislodged some rocks while he was running. The preview audience responded so favourably that he decided to re-shoot an extended sequence}. The paper-mâché rocks look quite convincing, and I was pretty much fooled into thinking that Keaten was really dodging the real thing (until I noticed him get bowled over by one of the boulders, without any apparent ill-effects!) 'Seven Chances' moves by at such a frenetic pace that there isn't a moment that could be trimmed. Though it runs for just 56 minutes, I had a huge smile on my face for every single one of them.

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