Spite Marriage

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Spite Marriage
Theatrical poster
Directed by Edward Sedgwick
Buster Keaton
Produced by Buster Keaton
Edward Sedgwick
Written by Robert E. Hopkins (titles)
Story by Lew Lipton
Starring Buster Keaton
Dorothy Sebastian
Edward Earle
Cinematography Reggie Lanning
Edited by Frank Sullivan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 6, 1929 (1929-04-06)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

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.


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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.


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