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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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Tagline:
The Scream of the Screen-Buster in a Matrimonial Maelstrom- Buster's Adventure in Married Bliss. (Print Ad- Auckland Star,((Auckland, NZ)) 7 September 1929)
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 Gantry

Dorothy Sebastian ... Trilby Drew

Edward Earle ... Lionel Benmore

Leila Hyams ... Ethyl Norcrosse

William Bechtel ... Frederick 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 ... Tugboat 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) (as Ernest S. Pagano)

Richard Schayer (continuity)

Robert E. Hopkins (titles) (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 »
Sound Mix:
Silent (musical score and sound effects)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The names of the three actor-characters are references to the Barrymore family: "Lionel Benmore" for Lionel Barrymore and "Ethyl Norcrosse" for his sister, Ethel Barrymore, with the last name of "Trilby Drew" being a reference to Georgiana Drew Barrymore, the mother of Lionel, Ethyl and John Barrymore, and the future namesake of John's granddaughter, Drew Barrymore.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 »
Quotes:
Trilby Drew:[Final line] You're going to see a lot of me from now on!See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Hearty recommendation of a little seen film, 23 November 1998
Author: Jim O'Connell (jimmyooo@aol.com) from On Tour, USA

Although it is not a masterpiece in a league with "The General" or "The Navigator", "Spite Marriage" does contains several of the funniest moments Buster Keaton ever committed to film. I find that this picture serves as an ideal introduction to Keaton for my friends who are not fans of silent pictures. One such friend commented after viewing it, that it was "the most consistently hilarious movie he had ever seen." Buster Keaton's final silent picture, it contains a vintage Vitaphone musical setting.

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