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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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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One of Keaton's top three comedy features See more (41 total) »


  (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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [Constance Talmadge]Popular actress and sister of Buster Keaton's wife at the time, Natalie Talmadge, has a small uncredited role.See more »
Continuity: In the scene with the rolling rocks, the knees of Jimmie's trousers are out in some shots and intact in others.See more »
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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
One of Keaton's top three comedy features, 8 June 2005
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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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