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Seven Chances (1925)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 March 1925 (USA)
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A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries by 7 p.m. that same day.


Buster Keaton


Roi Cooper Megrue (adapted from David Belasco's famous comedy by), Clyde Bruckman | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... James Shannon
T. Roy Barnes ... Billy Meekin - James' Partner
Snitz Edwards ... James' Lawyer
Ruth Dwyer Ruth Dwyer ... Mary Jones - James' Girl
Frances Raymond ... Mrs. Jones - Mary's Mother (as Frankie Raymond)
Erwin Connelly Erwin Connelly ... The Clergyman
Jules Cowles ... The Hired Hand


Financial broker Jimmie Shannon is nearly bankrupt when an attorney presents grandfather's will leaving him seven million dollars. In order to inherit the money Jimmie must marry before 7 pm on his 27th birthday - today! Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Buster takes all the chances of a young man who must marry by 7 o'clock to inherit seven million dollars with 700 prospective brides waiting at the church.(original newspaper ad) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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When Shannon (Buster Keaton) proposes to the switchboard girl (Jean Arthur), she is seen reading the book "Three Weeks" by Elinor Glyn. See more »


Mary's note changes slightly between the time she writes it and the time Jimmie reads it. See more »


Jimmie Shannon: (looking at a list of possible brides) Who bats next?
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Buster Keaton Races to the Finish
21 August 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Desperate for money to save his failing business, junior stockbroker Buster Keaton (as James "Jimmie" Shannon) is understandably pleased to learn his recently deceased grandfather has tentatively left him $7 million. In order to inherit the money, Mr. Keaton must get married by 7 pm. After a misunderstanding with girlfriend Ruth Dwyer (as Mary Jones), Keaton gets "Seven Chances" to propose, but each woman turns him down. When a newspaper article reveals Keaton's potential, every woman in the vicinity decides to pursue him. Keaton decides marrying Ms. Dwyer is the correct way to go, if he can get away from a landslide of eager women...

Lost on modern audiences is a moment when Keaton visits a theater to propose marriage to a showgirl, who we're told is Julian Eltinge; filmgoers in 1925 would have known this was a female impersonator. Another of Keaton's prospects in young Jean Arthur (as "Miss Smith"). The colorful opening gives "Seven Chances" a great start, but frequent "ethnic" humor is not funny. It's hard to believe Keaton considered this film substandard. Even before it gets going, it's a top quality production. There are enough chuckles before the famous chase scene, which really begins when Keaton falls asleep in church and the women start rushing to meet him.

******** Seven Chances (3/11/25) Buster Keaton ~ Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, Snitz Edwards, T. Roy Barnes

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