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Spite Marriage (1929)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  6 April 1929 (USA)
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An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.

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Elmer
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Trilby Drew
Edward Earle ...
Lionel Benmore
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Ethyl Norcrosse
William Bechtel ...
Nussbaum
Jack Byron ...
Scarzi (as John Byron)
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Elmer is a dry cleaner. He is madly in love with stage star Trilby Drew; for each of her 35 performances, he dons someone else's tuxedo and races to the theatre. When Trilby's co-star boyfriend gets engaged to a socialite, she marries Elmer to get even, assuming Elmer is a millionaire (since his clothes are so snazzy.) But she's clearly still in love with her scoundrelous co-star, and her manager makes her leave Elmer, trying to pay him off so the papers don't hear about her marriage to a "cheap pants presser." Can Elmer win her love? Maybe a sea voyage will help. Written by <bletzler@lan.tjhsst.edu>

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6 April 1929 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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Buster Keaton's final silent feature, as well as the final film in which MGM allowed him any creative control. See more »

Goofs

In the dressing-room scene while attempting to trim the hair for his false beard, Elmer accidentally severs the left-hand shoulder strap of his vest and has no time to repair it. When we see him hurriedly changing back into his smart clothes after the performance, both straps are still whole. See more »

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Referenced in Roman Holiday (1953) See more »

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Some of Keaton's best slapstick acrobatics.
3 February 2000 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that this film isn't seen more often... equally a shame that it pretty much marked the end of Keaton's career.

Keaton trying to wrestle his drunken wife into bed is one of my favorite scenes of any silent film. The fight scene on the boat is one of the greatest examples of Keaton's special brand of acrobatic comedy.


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