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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
Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)
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The most famous scene of this film originated by accident. In the filming of a chase scene down a steep slope, Buster Keaton inadvertently dislodged some rocks which tumbled down after him as if in pursuit and he had to scramble to dodge them. At a preview showing, he saw that that accident got the biggest laughs in the film. Thus inspired, he decided to reshoot the scene with over 100 papier-mache "rocks" ranging from pebbles to six-foot boulders so his character would have to deal with a massive avalanche in the scene.See more »
Continuity: Mary's note changes slightly between the time she writes it and the time Jimmie reads it.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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Buster's Biggest Crowd Pleaser, 12 March 2003
Author: overseer-3 from Florida

Seven Chances is one of Buster Keaton's comedic masterpieces from the mid-1920's. It has been beautifully restored by Kino for both the VHS and DVD versions, with a lovely compilation of an attractive musical score by Robert Israel; a technicolor beginning, and tints. A most enjoyable film, and worth every dime if you buy it. Look for a young, pert Jean Arthur in a bit part as the secretary, without her customary blond curls.

Jimmie (Buster Keaton) is a young stockbroker who has gotten into financial difficulties with his partner Billy. When Jimmie learns a rich grandfather has died and left him 7 million dollars in his will it looks like Jimmie's troubles may be over. But there is a catch: Jimmie must marry by 7pm on the evening of his 27th birthday, which is the same day he is notified of the possible windfall. He asks his girlfriend Mary to marry him, and she says yes, but then he bungles the proposal when he tells her the reason why he must marry her "today". No girl likes to think she is being married just to obtain a fortune, and Mary spurns Jimmie.

This leads to Jimmie's partner Billy convincing him he must marry "some girl", since he owes it to their friendship and partnership to obtain the money to salvage their business. The madness then ensues, where Jimmie proposes to every female in sight, including famous female impersonator Julian Eltinge.

The second half of the film is Buster's brainchild entirely, and will have you laughing non-stop, as Jimmie escapes the wrath of an entire city of thwarted brides, who all wanted a shot at his 7 million and were denied. The most famous shots are the running-down-the-mountains-with-the-boulders-chasing-you scenes, invented by Buster, but there are many other deliciously funny moments as well, and a suitable, happy ending, complete with a Dalmation's kisses.

See Seven Chances before you pass on. You owe it to yourself. :)

One final note: a previous commentator here wrote that Buster did not care for his Seven Chances. That is not quite true. The business situation surrounding the planning of the film did not suit him, since the vehicle was chosen for him by Joseph Schenck, and he preferred to do his own material, but Buster did have creative control over the 2nd half of the film, and it shows. When the film was restored and re-shown starting in the 1960's, before his death, Buster Keaton was able to realize how much of a crowd pleaser this film was, and he changed his mind about it. If you are a student of the 1920's and love comedy, you will find lots to love in Seven Chances. It's sweet.

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