Spite Marriage

Spite Marriage

Edward Sedgwick (1929)

76min
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Review

Our Score
Despite a couple of uproarious scenes, it was clear - in only his second feature for the studio - that MGM was slowly eroding Buster Keaton's creative autonomy and corrupting his comic instincts. Never had Keaton's stone-faced bewilderment been so apposite, as he hurtles through increasingly shoddy plot contrivances that culminate in him confronting a rum-runner on his yacht. Much more sure-footed are the scenes between his daydreaming dry cleaner and Dorothy Sebastian, the actress who exploits him to get back at her feckless beau. The chaos Buster causes as a stage stand-in and the sequence when he tries to put a drunken woman to bed just about save the day.

Cast & Crew

Elmer Edgemont Buster Keaton
Trilby Drew Dorothy Sebastian
Lionel Denmore Edward Earle
Ethyle Norcrosse Leila Hyams
Frederick Nussbaum William Bechtel
Giovanni Scarzi John Byron
Director Edward Sedgwick
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