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Writers:
Lew Lipton (story)
Ernest Pagano (adaptation)
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Release Date:
6 April 1929 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Another reason Keaton was the greatest comedian of the 20s! See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Buster Keaton ... Elmer

Dorothy Sebastian ... Trilby Drew
Edward Earle ... Lionel Benmore

Leila Hyams ... Ethyl Norcrosse
William Bechtel ... Nussbaum
Jack Byron ... Scarzi (as John Byron)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Bordeaux ... Rumrunner (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... The Bellboy (uncredited)
Mike Donlin ... Man in Ship's Engine Room (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Ship Captain (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ... Man in Audience Next to Elmer (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Actor as 'Union Officer' (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Tough Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Sedgwick 
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Lew Lipton (story)

Ernest Pagano (adaptation by) (as Ernest S. Pagano)

Richard Schayer (continuity by)

Robert E. Hopkins (titles by) (as Robert Hopkins)

Produced by
Buster Keaton .... producer (uncredited)
Edward Sedgwick .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Fritz Stahlberg (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Reggie Lanning (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Makeup Department
Monte Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Edward Brophy .... production manager (uncredited)
Lawrence Weingarten .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward Cupero .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
76 min (Turner library print)
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Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Buster Keaton wanted this film to be a full talkie, but MGM released it with only a musical score and sound effects.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Another reason Keaton was the greatest comedian of the 20s!, 27 December 2004
Author: Denny Kelly from United States

The story isn't much, but Buster packs every scene with so many gags that you don't mind. It's easy to see why he was so successful, until MGM stuck him with stories that were totally unsuitable.

The original score is fantastic, here - it includes a great deal of popular music and makes commentary on the situations, but the meaning will be lost on most modern viewers (I collect records from that period, so I recognize most all of it); even so, it moves the action right along and gives us a rare chance to experience a silent film just as it was presented to contemporary audiences. No cheesy piano accompaniment, here! The sound effects are well done, and used sparingly.

The shipboard scenes could have been trimmed a bit; they seem to drag. Otherwise, time flies during this movie - you won't regret watching it! Just compare it with the average sound 'comedy' which Hollywood produced until 1932 or so, and you'll realize how they lost the art of making good films for a while. It's a crime that Keaton wasn't given the chance to produce his own talkies, because he might have changed the whole concept of what made a good SOUND comedy! It's a wonder that audiences didn't rebel against the boring, static, yawnful talk-fests that early sound comedies became; maybe the novelty of Talkies really WAS enough to bring them into the theaters.

I'd haven given this a 10, except for the draggy ship scenes - but the ending is satisfyingly Keatonesque!

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