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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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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)
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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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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's final silent feature, as well as the final film in which MGM allowed him any creative control.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 What-No Beer? (1933)See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Buster Keaton and Dorothy Sebastian, 26 December 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Slow to start, but Spite Marriage (Keaton's final silent film) builds to an exciting and funny finale.

Buster plays a pants presser who falls for a local stage actress (Dorothy Sebastian). He sees the play so many times he has it memorized and gets a chance to replace an actor who is wanted by the cops. Many funny bits as Buster makes a shambles of the play.

To get even with her leading man (Edward Earle) who is seeing a snappy blonde (Leila Hyams), Sebastian marries Buster. They run into the actor and his new bride and Sebastian gets soused and thrown out of the restaurant. Back in their room Buster has a hard time getting Dorothy up on the bed (hilarious scene).

Through a series of plot twists Buster ends up on a yacht (with Sebastian) and runs into all manner of comedy situations.

Keaton is in top form and Dorothy Sebastian has what is probably her most memorable film role. They make quite a pair (and yes they were lovers at this point).

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