Spite Marriage (1929) - Rotten Tomatoes

Spite Marriage (1929)

Spite Marriage




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In his last silent film, Buster Keaton plays a pants-presser who pines for aloof stage actress Dorothy Sebastian. When she is jilted by her fiance Edward Earle, Sebastian spitefully marries Keaton. He is ecstatic (or as ecstatic as the poker-faced comedian ever gets) until he finds out why Sebastian has said "I do." Disconsolately, Keaton takes a job on the crew of a boat owned by bootleggers. He rescues Sebastian from the crooks in the climax, and she realizes at last that she's really loved him all along. Though Buster Keaton had involuntarily given over much of the control of his pictures to his new bosses at MGM (for example, he was no longer permitted to perform his more dangerous stunts), Spite Marriage still contains several vintage Keaton moments, including his classic "putting a drunken woman to bed" routine. The film would be remade in 1944 as the Red Skelton vehicle I Dood It.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert E. Hopkins, Lew Lipton, Ernest Pagano, Richard Schayer
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John Byron
as Giovanni
Hank Mann
as Stage Manager
Pat Harmon
as Ship Captain
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Critic Reviews for Spite Marriage

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Part of the plot harks back to The Navigator, but three of the sequences put the film up in Division One, crowning a decade of unparalleled creativity which was then stifled by studio inflexibility.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Words can hardly tell of the relief it was to look at Mr. Keaton's imaginative but silly silent antics in his latest farce, Spite Marriage.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

There's still enough inspired joy in this old film to make most current comedies look feebly unoriginal.

Full Review… | June 16, 2015
The Spectator

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.

Full Review… | June 16, 2015
Radio Times

An enjoyable, but relatively minor, entry in Keaton's oeuvre that was his last silent movie.

Full Review… | June 16, 2015
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The Great Stone Face may have made better films, but even this lesser effort still contains some comic gems.

Full Review… | June 16, 2015
Three Movie Buffs

Audience Reviews for Spite Marriage

Keaton is hilarious as always in this movie. If you're a fan of his, you'll love it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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