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Seven Chances

Seven Chances (1925)


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Release Date: Mar 11, 1925 Limited



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Buster Keaton plays a young lawyer who will inherit $7 million at 7 o'clock on his 27th birthday--provided he is married. Long before discovering this, Keaton has pursued a lifelong courtship of Ruth Dwyer, whose refusals have become ritualistic over the years (the passage of time is amusingly conveyed by showing a puppy grow to adulthood). He proposes again, but this time she turns him down because she thinks (mistakenly) that he wants her only so that he can claim his inheritance. The doleful

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... Keaton transformed the material into his own brand of humor: from stage farce to snappy cinematic slapstick, with Buster turning verbal jokes into visual gags.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

A superlative visual comedy

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Solid Buster Keaton effort.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

One of Buster's best, which means cinema's finest.

March 17, 2006

Keaton at his stonefaced best

February 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinemania

One of the greatest ever chase scenes.

August 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Excellent Keaton comedy with a classic slapstick climax

May 18, 2004
Film Journal International

Keaton directed as well-- it's classic what can you say!

September 22, 2003
Blunt Review

Keaton at his stonefaced best

September 2, 2003
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Seven Chances

A classic! Many movies have been based on this story since this one. This is a must see movie.
September 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

It was a real joy to watch this at the local Cinematheque with lots of people laughing and enjoying this classic comedy. It is a premise that has been repeated many times since. Buster Keaton is Jimmie Shannon. A prologue was included in the showing. This prologue was shot with color tinting, but did not screen with most theatrical releases here in the states. In it Jimmie's longtime courting of Mary (Dwyer) is consistently met with cold feet and her dog coming between them. In the main film Jimmie and his buddy Billy (Barnes) are having difficulty keeping their financial firm in the black. An attorney (Snitz Edwards) must track down Jimmie to read his grandfather's will. Jimmie will receive an inheritance of 7 million dollars, IF he is married before 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday! Oh, look at that, today is his 27th birthday. He blunders through proposing to Mary and so Billy and the attorney tag along to the nearby country club to find a bride. They count 7 women lounging in the club, hence the Seven Chances. However, before it is all over Jimmie will have a large church full of women, including women spilling out all over the street outside, chasing him when they find out he will be a millionaire. There is a long, complex chase scene with lots of great visual gags and Keaton hurling himself from one attempt at escape to another. It's a riot. Will he make the deadline? Does he have the stamina? I am growing to really love Buster Keaton's craft as a comedian.
February 23, 2012

Super Reviewer

The funniest silent movie ever? "Seven Chances" isn't as brilliant as "Our Hospitality," "The General" and "Sherlock Jr." as a total filmmaking package, but it's absolutely hysterical. And the high-concept plot feels remarkably contemporary -- no wonder the story was remade in the modern era with Chris O'Donnell. The trickling accumulation of the bridal mob is perfectly paced, and Keaton's daring athleticism during the avalanche sequence is just incredible.
December 29, 2011
Eric Broome

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It's an oft told tale, but Keaton is the master of physicality - and some of the stunts make today's look weak. Wonderful film.
June 2, 2012

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