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Spite Marriage (1929)

Passed | | Comedy | 6 April 1929 (USA)
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.

Directors:

Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton (uncredited)

Writers:

Lew Lipton (story), Ernest Pagano (adaptation) (as Ernest S. Pagano) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Buster Keaton ... Elmer Gantry
Dorothy Sebastian ... Trilby Drew
Edward Earle ... Lionel Benmore
Leila Hyams ... Ethyl Norcrosse
William Bechtel ... Frederick Nussbaum
Jack Byron Jack Byron ... Scarzi (as John Byron)
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Storyline

Elmer is a dry cleaner. He is madly in love with stage star Trilby Drew; for each of her 35 performances, he dons someone else's tuxedo and races to the theatre. When Trilby's co-star boyfriend gets engaged to a socialite, she marries Elmer to get even, assuming Elmer is a millionaire (since his clothes are so snazzy.) But she's clearly still in love with her scoundrelous co-star, and her manager makes her leave Elmer, trying to pay him off so the papers don't hear about her marriage to a "cheap pants presser." Can Elmer win her love? Maybe a sea voyage will help. Written by <bletzler@lan.tjhsst.edu>

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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)

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die unvollkommene Ehe See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

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: What's that blonde hanging around you for?
Lionel Benmore: Can I help it if I'm good-looking?
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Crazy Credits

Rather than appear at the beginning, the MGM roaring lion opening appears after the conclusion of the film, but just before "The End" title, which immediately follows it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Roman Holiday (1953) See more »

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Keaton's last silent comedy
26 December 2002 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

Entertaining silent comedy (with sound effects & crowd noises) about beautiful stage actress (Sebastian) marrying pathetic dry cleaner (Keaton), only to make her ex jealous. One complaint: the ending drags out ten more minutes than it really should. Keaton's final silent film, remade as I Dood It (1943).


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