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Spite Marriage
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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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Worth Watching, & Has Some Very Good Sequences See more (20 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nothing But Pleasure (1940)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Worth Watching, & Has Some Very Good Sequences, 22 November 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This isn't bad at all, as long as you don't hold it up to the standard that Keaton set in the features he made on his own. It has some very good sequences that make up for the more routine stretches, and it shows enough of Buster's comic genius to be worthwhile. Even when the gags are not especially creative, he gets as much mileage out of them as anyone could have.

The premise of the "Spite Marriage" is rather flimsy at best, and in other hands it probably would not have been even this good. It actually starts out pretty well, as the first part moves at a good pace, and includes a very good sequence with Buster's hapless character trying to take part in a play. It begins to peter out in the middle, though, as the premise begins to wear thin. For some reason, the bedroom sequence from this portion seems to be the best-remembered portion of the movie, but it really isn't one of the better parts of the film at all. But things pick up again in the last part, when the story takes a couple of unexpected turns, and the comedy also improves.

To be sure, it is a shame that Keaton was forced into the studio mold in pictures like this. It worked for many, but not for a unique talent like Buster. Still, at least this time the result is a generally entertaining movie with more than enough laughs to make it worth watching for anyone who enjoys silent comedies.

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