Spite Marriage

Spite Marriage
Spite Marriage
  • NR
  • 1h 16m
  • 1929
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Buster Keaton stars in his last silent film as a humble working man in love with a star actress--who marries him after her co-star and fiancé weds another. Alas, the poor groom is the last to learn that his dream wedding is only a Spite Marriage. Elmer (Keaton--Go West, The Cameraman) has never missed a performance by the woman of his dreams, Trilby Drew (Dorothy Sebastian). Every night, he borrows a clean tuxedo from an unwitting customer and races to the theatre. And on the night that Trilby discovers her co-star, paramour and fiancé, Lionel Benmore (Edward Earle), has ditched her, she demands Elmer marry her. But when poor, sweet Elmer discovers the union is a marriage on paper only, he takes a job aboard a gambling ship, where he rescues Trilby from certain death--and where Trilby realizes she has truly loved Elmer all along.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Time Out
John Collis

Part of the plot harks back to The Navigator, but three of the sequences put the film up in Divisi...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Mordaunt Hall

Words can hardly tell of the relief it was to look at Mr. Keaton's imaginative but silly silent an...

June 21, 2017
The Spectator
Clancy Sigel

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

June 25, 2017
Radio Times
David Parkinson

The chaos Buster causes as a stage stand-in and the sequence when he tries to put a drunken woman...

June 25, 2017
TV Guide

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

June 25, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:April 6, 1929
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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