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Seven Chances -- This dazzling comedy showcases Keaton's genius for super-sized slapstick as it tells the story of an eligible young bachelor who must marry by 7:00 p.m. in order to receive a $7 million inheritance.  After bungling a proposal to his longtime sweetheart (Ruth Dwyer), Jimmie (Keaton) embarks on a desparate quest for a bride.


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Roi Cooper Megrue (adapted from David Belasco's famous comedy by)
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Release Date:
11 March 1925 (USA) See more »
A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries. By 7 p.m. Today. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Buster Keaton ... James Shannon

T. Roy Barnes ... Billy Meekin - James' Partner
Snitz Edwards ... James' Lawyer
Ruth Dwyer ... Mary Jones - James' Girl
Frances Raymond ... Mrs. Jones - Mary's Mother (as Frankie Raymond)
Erwin Connelly ... The Clergyman
Jules Cowles ... The Hired Hand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Arthur ... Miss Smith - Office Receptionist (uncredited)
Lori Bara ... Mother of Underage Girl (uncredited)
Bartine Burkett ... 5th Chance: Country Club Girl (uncredited)
Rosalind Byrne ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Louise Carver ... Prospective Bride Who Operates Crane (uncredited)
Doris Deane ... 2nd Chance: Girl Proposed to on Golf Course (uncredited)
Hazel Deane ... 4th Chance: The Refuser (uncredited)
Connie Evans ... 6th Chance: Country Club Girl (uncredited)
Eugenia Gilbert ... 1st Chance: Girl in Big Hat Who Laughs at James' Proposal (uncredited)
Rosa Gore ... Prospective Bride at 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 ... 3rd Chance: Shredder of 'Will You Marry Me' Note (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) (unconfirmed)
Pauline Toller ... 7th Chance: Country Club Girl (uncredited)
S.D. Wilcox ... Policeman (uncredited)

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)
Al Gilmour .... crew member (uncredited)
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56 min
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Did You Know?

When Shannon (Buster Keaton) proposes to the switchboard girl (Jean Arthur), she is seen reading the book "Three Weeks" by Elinor Glyn.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Just as the horde of would-be brides overruns the college football game, one of the players can be seen throwing himself to the ground, already pretending to be trampled.See more »
Jimmie Shannon:(looking at a list of possible brides) Who bats next?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Reel Paradise (2005)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 26 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Seven Chances (1925)

**** (out of 4)

Buster Keaton's greatest comedy is also one of the greatest comedies ever made. This film has huge laughs, one of the greatest chases ever not to mention some of the greatest stunts ever captured on film. In the movie Keaton plays a shy fellow who can't build up the nerve to tell his girlfriend that he loves her. He gets a letter stating that he will inherit seven million dollars if he gets married before seven that evening but there's a mix up between him and the girlfriend but the biggest problem is that every other woman is willing to marry him for the money. I had forgotten what a wonderful gem this film is but I was laughing harder and more often than any other film that comes to my mind. I'm not sure where to start with the laughs because each scene contains one and the majority of the scenes contain multiple laughs. The film's 56-minute running time feels like the matter of seconds because everything is just happening so incredibly fast. There are three great things about this film but I'll start with the laughs. I might go as far as to say that there isn't a joke in the film that doesn't work. The wonderful moments inside the country club where Keaton tries to find a wife, the politically incorrect joke of Keaton accidentally asking a little girl to marry him, the racial joke of Keaton almost asking a black woman to marry him and of course the wonderful gag with the dummy in the barber chair. That's just to name a few because there are at least a hundred other jokes. The second brilliant thing about the film is the fact that Keaton hired hundreds (if not over a thousand) women to chase him when they discover he will inherit millions. The scene inside the church with all these women trying to pile in is just something incredible on the eyes. This stunt leads to the third masterpiece of this film and that's the final twenty minutes where these hundreds of women chase Keaton either trying to marry him or kill him. Anyone who knows anything about Keaton knows that he would put his life at risk to pull off a stunt and there are at least eight different stunts here that could have or even should have killed him. Watching him perform these stunts is truly breathtaking and him running into the barbed wire is also quite painful. Oh yeah, Snitz Edwards is brilliant as the lawyer and you've also got Jean Arthur in an early performance. Certainly one of the all time greats.

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