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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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Keaton's athleticism would be enough 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)
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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 The Taming of the Snood (1940)See more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Keaton's athleticism would be enough, 26 December 2004

Though not of the quality of "The General," an almost perfect movie, "Spite Marriage" is worth watching both for the fun and for the historical value of its being Keaton's last silent.

Co-star Dorothy Sebastian deserves a medal both for her performance and for putting up with being knocked about so.

So many of Keaton's leading ladies get treated very physically, surely part of the auditions was a test of their good-natured sportsmanship -- and probably their physical conditioning, too.

Dorothy Sebastian's character is not very sympathetic at first, but she learns, and when she has to assist in her own rescue, she is adorable, cute as the proverbial button.

Keaton, though, is the real reason to watch, this or almost everything else he is in.

He ranks among the top of the certifiable geniuses of motion picture making, with an unfailing sense of timing, with uncanny physical control, and with an understanding of what was (and is) funny that the studio bosses of his latter career should have paid attention to.

Even with the worst material, with which he was saddled in so many of his talkies, Keaton and his abilities and talents still stand out, are still memorable.

Buster Keaton will deserve our awe forever.

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