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Spite Marriage (1929)

Spite Marriage (1929)




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A hapless tailor's assistant falls hard for a snooty actress -- who suddenly agrees to marry him when her fiance dumps her. Keaton's last silent film was a struggle all the way between Keaton and his new MGM studio bosses, but it still contains abundant laughs and several classic moments.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Edward Earle
as Lionel
Leila Hyams
as Ethyle
William Bechtel
as Nussbaum
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

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

[img]http://www.art-posters.net/posters/newart/cm974.jpg[/img] Although [i]Spite Marriage[/i], Buster Keaton's last silent film, is not as good as some of his other stuff, it is still a very enjoyable film. This is certainly a film to watch if your into comedies, silent films, and/or Buster Keaton. Each time I see one of his movies, I wonder how he hasn't become as popular as Chaplin. Elmer (Buster Keaton) is a dry cleaner. He is madly in love with the stage star Trilby Drew. For each of her 35 performances, he "borrows" someone else's tuxedo and races to the theater. When Trilby's co-star boyfriend gets engaged to someone else, she marries Elmer to get even, assuming that Elmer is a millionaire. But she's clearly still in love with her 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 nobody. Elmer gets tied up in a car chase, and falls in the hands of a few criminals. One night he is thrown overboard, and is rescued by a private yacht. When Elemer sees Trilby there, he trys to win her heart. A lot of the comedic elements were very good, but then there were some repetitious ones that really didn't seem funny at all. Although the film is only 80 minutes long, they could of certainly cut it down. A few of the scenes seemed to drag far behind the rest of the movie. The films original music score is not as good as I would have hoped. It added in sound effects that were definitely not needed, and just didn't fit in with the silent film experience. Despite some of those errors, [i]Spite Marriage [/i]is very enjoyable, and can turn out be laugh out loud funny at times. I loved it when Elmer is given a part in the play. Everything turns for the worse, and of course Elmer messes everything up. Keaton pulls off another great performance, no one else could of done it. This is another film that re-inforces the statement that he is the greatest comedian of the 1920's. Rating: 82/100


A fairly rambling first half, but the second half is genius and hilarious. Definitely worth watching.

Matt Kendrick
Matt Kendrick

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