Love has never been funnier or more difficult to manage than in the immortal Buster Keaton comedies brought together on this DVD. Opening with a newly restored Technicolor sequence, "Seven Chances" is a film often imitated but never rivaled for hilarity and visual virtuosity. Keaton stars as Jimmie Shannon, a romantically jinxed young man who must marry by 7:00 pm to inherit seven million dollars. While fate seems to thwart his efforts to woo the object of his true affection (Ruth Dwyer), public announcement of his strange predicament provides him with a throng of would-be brides who are aggressive in their pursuit of a husband, to say the least. In one of the most rousing, brilliantly choreographed sequences in Keaton's career, Shannon flees the avalanche of women while dodging the hostile forces of nature that seem to be conspiring against him (in the form of a colossal rockslide) during his manic dash to the altar. Comedic courtship is further pursued in "Neighbors" (1920, 18 min.), a 1920 short in which Buster tries to woo his tenement sweetheart in spite of the barriers that stand between them. Then, in "The Balloonatic" (1923, 22 min.), Buster is carried by hot air from a cityside amusement park to the rustic country where--in a series of delightfully inventive vignettes--he ineptly struggles for survival and again somehow manages to stumble into romance.

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Seven Chances (1925)

Family/Romance/Comedy · 0h 56m

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Love has never been funnier or more difficult to manage than in the immortal Buster Keaton comedies brought together on this DVD. Opening with a newly restored Technicolor sequence, "Seven Chances" is a film often imitated but never rivaled for hilarity and visual virtuosity. Keaton stars as Jimmie Shannon, a romantically jinxed young man who must marry by 7:00 pm to inherit seven million dollars. While fate seems to thwart his efforts to woo the object of his true affection (Ruth Dwyer), public announcement of his strange predicament provides him with a throng of would-be brides who are aggressive in their pursuit of a husband, to say the least. In one of the most rousing, brilliantly choreographed sequences in Keaton's career, Shannon flees the avalanche of women while dodging the hostile forces of nature that seem to be conspiring against him (in the form of a colossal rockslide) during his manic dash to the altar. Comedic courtship is further pursued in "Neighbors" (1920, 18 min.), a 1920 short in which Buster tries to woo his tenement sweetheart in spite of the barriers that stand between them. Then, in "The Balloonatic" (1923, 22 min.), Buster is carried by hot air from a cityside amusement park to the rustic country where--in a series of delightfully inventive vignettes--he ineptly struggles for survival and again somehow manages to stumble into romance.

Where to Watch

Status

Released

Country

United States
Cast
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Buster Keaton

James Shannon
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T. Roy Barnes

Billy Meekin - James' Partner
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Snitz Edwards

James' Lawyer
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Ruth Dwyer

Mary Jones - James' Girl
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Frances Raymond

Mrs. Jones - Mary's Mother (as Frankie Raymond)
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Erwin Connelly

The Clergyman
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Jules Cowles

The Hired Hand
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Jean Arthur

Miss Smith - Office Receptionist (uncredited)
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Lori Bara

Mother of Underage Girl (uncredited)
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Bartine Burkett

5th Chance: Country Club Girl (uncredited)
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Rosalind Byrne

Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
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Louise Carver

Prospective Bride Who Operates Crane (uncredited)
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Doris Deane

2nd Chance: Girl Proposed to on Golf Course (uncredited)
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Hazel Deane

4th Chance: The Refuser (uncredited)
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Connie Evans

6th Chance: Country Club Girl (uncredited)
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Eugenia Gilbert

1st Chance: Girl in Big Hat Who Laughs at James' Proposal (uncredited)
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Rosa Gore

Prospective Bride at Church (uncredited)
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Edna Hammon

Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Marion Harlan

Girl Proposed to While Driving (uncredited)
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Jean C. Havez

Man Getting Off Elevator (uncredited)
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Judy King

3rd Chance: Shredder of 'Will You Marry Me' Note (uncredited)
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Rosalind Mooney

Prospective Bride at Church (uncredited)
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Barbara Pierce

Prospective Bride at Church (uncredited)
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Billy Rinaldi

Boy (uncredited)
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Julian Rivero

Barber (uncredited)
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Constance Talmadge

Girl in Car (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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Pauline Toller

7th Chance: Country Club Girl (uncredited)
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S.D. Wilcox

Policeman (uncredited)
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Kate Price

Prospective Bride at Church (uncredited)
Crew
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Buster Keaton

Director
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Roi Cooper Megrue

Writer
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Clyde Bruckman

Writer
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Joseph A. Mitchell

Writer
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Jean C. Havez

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Chances

(DVD)

12/13/2011

Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Chances

(DVD)

1/11/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Chances

(DVD)

1/11/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Chances

(Blu-ray)

12/13/2011

Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Chances

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

8/20/2019

Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Chances

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

12/11/2012

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