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Director:
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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Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Terrific introduction for those new to Keaton See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Buster Keaton ... James Shannon

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

Jean Arthur ... Miss Smith - Country Club Receptionist (uncredited)
Lori Bara ... Mother of Underage Girl (uncredited)
Bartine Burkett ... Country Club Girl (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 ... Country Club Girl (uncredited)
Eugenia Gilbert ... Girl in Big Hat Who Laughs at James' 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 ... 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)
 
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56 min
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Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)
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Trivia:
The original Broadway production of "Seven Chances" by Roi Cooper Megrue opened at George M. Cohan's Theater on August 8, 1916 and ran for 151 performances.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The stage doorman clearly vest-pockets his bribe as Buster enters to go backstage--yet then has the money in his hand again when Buster emerges to reclaim it.See more »
Quotes:
Jimmie Shannon:(looking at a list of possible brides) Who bats next?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Smelly Janitor (2008)See more »

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Terrific introduction for those new to Keaton, 30 January 2006
Author: ecjones1951 from United States

Contrary to what you may have read, "Seven Chances" (1925) was made before Buster Keaton signed with MGM and relinquished artistic control over his own films. His gifts of extraordinary agility, timing, and visualizing the comic potential in the most mundane situations are everywhere in evidence.

The plot of "Seven Chances" is ancient. A young bachelor stands to inherit millions if he can find a bride by a certain day and marry at a certain hour. The date is invariably the same as the day the will is read, and in the hands of Keaton, his writers and cast, the comic possibilities are brilliantly exploited. The same premise was the basis for at least three other films before Keaton's, and was remade (abysmally -- from what I've read) as "The Bachelor" with Chris O'Donnell in 1999. The chain of events that flows from news of the inheritance just builds and builds over the course of the film, the gags growing increasingly clever as time grows shorter. "Seven Chances" clocks in at less than an hour, but the final 15 minutes (which Buster Keaton reportedly reworked several times) are among the most hilarious in all of silent film, perhaps in the history of screen comedy.

Initially, only Buster, his business partner (T. Ray Brown) and the lawyer (Snitz Edwards, who was so terribly homely he was cute) are aware of the dilemma. After Buster botches a proposal to his longtime girlfriend, (Ruth Dwyer), he pops the question to several more female acquaintances, with predictably embarrassing results. It is then that Brown and Edwards (unbeknownst to Buster) decide to place a newspaper announcement advertising his plight.

Once the newspapers hit the streets, the chase is on. Keaton is pursued through 1920s Los Angeles by dozens, then scores, then seemingly hundreds of would-be brides. They come in all ages, shapes and sizes, makeshift veils trailing after them. No obstacle is too great in their pursuit to beat out each other for the prize of marriage to a man they don't even know, and Buster throws out plenty of roadblocks in his wake.

In 1979, Walter Kerr wrote the definitive book on silent comedies, "The Silent Clowns." One of the jacket blurbs reads, "I found myself laughing out loud at routines from movies I have never seen." I don't have Kerr's gift, but I can tell you that "Seven Chances" is the most consistently funny movie Buster Keaton ever made. All of his movies include inventive sight gags, but "Seven Chances," more than most of Buster's movies, relies on character comedy as well as situational comedy for its humor. And it scores a bull's eye on both. A sheer delight.

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