|Directed by||Edward Sedgwick
|Produced by||Buster Keaton
Robert E. Hopkins
|Editing by||Frank Sullivan|
|Release dates||April 6, 1929|
|Running time||80 minutes|
Spite Marriage is a 1929 silent comedy film starring Buster Keaton and Dorothy Sebastian. Keaton and Edward Sedgwick co-directed. It is the second film Keaton made for MGM and his last silent film, although he wanted it to be a full sound film. Keaton later wrote gags for some up and coming MGM stars like Red Skelton and lifted many gags from this film in his 1943 film I Dood It, some shot for shot.
Elmer, a humble worker in a dry cleaning establishment, idolizes stage actress Trilby Drew (Sebastian). She, in turn, is carrying a torch for fellow actor Lionel Benmore (Edward Earle). When he spurns her for the younger Ethyl Norcrosse (Leila Hyams), she impulsively asks Elmer to marry her, only to regret it almost immediately. Her handlers extricate her from the marriage, and when Elmer finds himself first in the hands of criminals and then at sea, he is more than happy for the opportunity to forget her. But a series of coincidences throw Elmer and Trilby back together again and she will have cause to re-evaluate her opinion of him.
- Buster Keaton as Elmer Gantry
- Dorothy Sebastian as Trilby Drew
- Edward Earle as Lionel Benmore
- Leila Hyams as Ethyl Norcrosse
- William Bechtel as Nussbaum
- John Byron as Scarzi
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