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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 (screen version by) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... James Shannon
T. Roy Barnes ... His Partner
Snitz Edwards ... His Lawyer
Ruth Dwyer Ruth Dwyer ... His Girl
Frances Raymond ... Her 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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MARRIED IN HASTE- He had to do it. To save his fortune. Is it funny? You'll have the time of your life. (Print Ad- Breckenridge Daily American, ((Breckenridge, Texas)) 27 August 1925) 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 »


In the scene with the rolling rocks, the knees of Jimmie's trousers are out in some shots and intact in others. See more »


Title Card: By the time Jimmie had reached the church, he had proposed to everything in skirts, including a Scotchman.
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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
17 March 2009 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Based on the hit Broadway show by David Belasco and foisted upon him by his longtime collaborator and producer John M. Schenck, Buster Keaton regarded Seven Chances as his least favourite of his films, so much so that he tried to prevent a restoration from the one known copy. This is all considerably surprising and perhaps indicative of the professionalism the former vaudeville daredevil regarded his film work with, that despite his personal disaffection for the project, Buster Keaton turned it into a bonafide classic so very representative of his work. The basic story of a young man who must get married by seven o'clock that afternoon in order to inherit a vast fortune left to him by his deceased grandfather, becomes a setup, as Keaton tries his luck proposing to "anything that wears a skirt, including a Scotchman", for a huge uproarious chase scene in the second half on roads, mountains, land and water. Keaton being chased by an irate throng of brides through city streets and countryside is as iconic an image as Keaton being chased by the swarm of cops in his one-reeler Cops while many of the pratfalls and visual gags recall the breathtaking daring-do and ingenuity of his earlier SHERLOCK JR.

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