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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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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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Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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:
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 The Taming of the Snood (1940)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Buster's gentle swan song silent., 14 July 2004

Yes, this was the last film Keaton made without dialogue, but in reality, it wasn't silent at all. It was a sound film, utilizing a full orchestral score with many many sound effects (applause, audience laughter, horse gallops ala coconuts, crowd noises, cash register rings, steam whistles, ambient voices, cheers, etc.) Calling it Keaton's last silent is rather a misnomer - dialogueless, yes, but not released without a soundtrack.

It is a gentle work. Lovestruck Buster marries a woman who is on the rebound from a spurned lover, but through Buster's bravery in defending her, she learns to love him, so a happy ending is ensured.

We miss the usual Buster outfit, especially with the pork pie hat. Also closeups reveal Buster's face rather lined - he's getting too old either to play a young leading man or a love interest at all - which works against the plausibility of the plot line. There are only six main characters. Actually there are only six gag routine set ups:

1. The hat-raising competition which occurs three times; 2. Buster's attempt to attach a fake beard with spirit gum; 3. Buster's clumsy onstage movements which wreck the sets; 4. Dorothy Sebastian's luring thugs down a ship's corridor to be coshed by a hiding Buster; 5. Climactic fight on deck with rigging prop. 6. Putting the rubbery drunken wife to bed.

Very few for a Keaton feature (77 minutes). The most memorable is the putting the wife to bed scene, which runs under five minutes. Seen once or twice though, it is not one to return to over and over again as in most Keaton films. It occurs exactly halfway in the film.

It is a shame that the MGM/UA Turner VHS (released in 1990) is out of print. The copy used is perfection itself - crystal sharp and clear and with a pristine soundtrack (no hiss from worn Vitaphone discs transferred to film stock). It's as if the sound had been recorded directly onto the film track, and indeed by 1929, when it was released, perhaps the industry had already discarded the disc method. Hopes are that this will be reissued on DVD as it is important to have ALL of Buster's silent work available to the public, even the small pieces like this one.

Certainly worth seeing as a fine comedy and by the mere fact that it is Buster performing.

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