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The Saphead (1920)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 September 1920 (USA)
The simple-minded son of a rich financier must find his own way in the world.

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Bronson Howard (original play "The Henrietta"), Victor Mapes (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Jobson Edward Jobson ... Reverend Murray Hilton
Beulah Booker Beulah Booker ... Agnes Gates
Edward Connelly ... Mr. Musgrave
Edward Alexander Edward Alexander ... Watson Flint
Irving Cummings ... Mark Turner
Odette Tyler Odette Tyler ... Mrs. Cornelia Opdyke
Carol Holloway ... Rose Turner
Jack Livingston ... Dr. George Wainright
William H. Crane ... Nicholas Van Alstyne
Buster Keaton ... Bertie Van Alstyne
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Storyline

Nick Van Alstyne owns the Henrietta silver mine and is very rich. His son Bertie is naive and spoiled. His daughter Rose is married to shady investor Mark. Mark wrecks Bertie's wedding plans by making him take the blame for Mark's illegitimate daughter. Mark also nearly ruins the family business by selling off Henrietta stock at too low a price. Bertie, of all people, must come to the rescue on the trading floor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He Forbade Them To Wed! Then he cut the lad off with a paltry million! (Print Ad- Duluth Herald, ((Duluth, Minn.)) 5 February 1921)

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 September 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mamlasz See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A rare Buster Keaton smile is visible in the scene in which Bertie reads the newspaper account on the raid of the gambling house. See more »

Goofs

When Bertie's car pulls up to the house after the aborted wedding, the front gate is closed, but when he gets out of the car it is wide open. See more »

Quotes

Bertie: Do all these seats cost 100,000 dollars?
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Alternate Versions

In 1995, Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version with an orchestral score; no details were specified on the print. See more »

Connections

Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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Unexpected Keaton
21 January 2002 | by Damfino1895See all my reviews

The problem with this film is that it not a slapstick comedy and was never intended to be one, so if you are going to watch it forget about Buster Keaton, the comedian and look at Buster Keaton, the actor. Keaton is a revelation in this film, his performance is restrained and excellent proving that he was an actor as well as a comedian, a fact that makes his middle years even more sadder, truly a talent wasted by the studio system of the 30's. I'd like to add that Keaton had no problems adjusting to talkies, as commonly assumed, he had a fine speaking voice and could deliver a comic line perfectly, the problem lay with him losing control of his productions and being given poor quality material to work with, he never lost his talent as widely believed. All the performances in this little gem of a movie are first class especially Irving Cummings and William H Crane as well as Keaton's. This is a nice way to spend an hour, but, the final twenty minutes are the best as it is plain to see Keaton's contribution in the scenes in the Stock Exchange as Bertie runs around manically saying "I take it", but, not really knowing why. For many people, their only experience of silent movies is slapstick comedy, so I would say broaden your horizons and start with this one.


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