Seven Chances (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Without giving away too much of the plot, the rest of the movie involves his unsuccessful pursuit of an immediate bride. He can't seem to get a break, when all of a sudden the news of his inheritance breaks and sends a mob of brides chasing him through the streets & country. It's the classic "Buster-Vs-The Elements" chase that Keaton is so well known for.
"Seven Chances" is an excellent film, although historically it was one of Keaton's least favorites. Keaton was initially perturbed by his producer, Joe Schneck, purchasing the play rights and 'Keaton-izing' it, rather than starting from material originated by Keaton himself. From viewing this film, I am stumped to see any inferiority and consider the end result to signify a very wise and entertaining move on Joe Schneck's part. "Seven Chances" ranks with some of Keaton's best work, including "Streamboat Bill Jr." & "The Navigator".Read more ›
The best scenes in "Seven Chances" occur in the last third of the movie, where athletic, speeding Buster is being chased by a thousand angry potential brides, and we get to see the actual houses, shops, cars, gas stations, banks, signs, etc., of 1925 Los Angeles and the Hollywood hills. During the silent era, filmmakers were able to film out of the studio and onto the actual street. With the emergence of sound, outside scenes had to be made using what little acreage the studio had on their back lot, or the use of (phony-looking) rear projection (that sometimes moved way too fast). Another reason the last third of "Seven Chances" is so good is because it contains one of Buster's most famous scenes: being chased down a mountain by an avalanche of gigantic boulders.
"Seven Chances" is a story that was bought by Buster's boss, who expected Bus to mold it to his style of comedy. The script is credited to someone else, but I spotted that Buster probably wrote at least one of the title cards because it contains Keatonese grammar: "It don't matter who I marry".
NEIGHBORS (1920): This is a great 2-reeler that starts off as a Romeo and Juliet kind of story, then veers off into Bus getting into silly situations using blackface and being chased by cops, then goes back to the Romeo and Juliet theme.Read more ›
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While some parts of this movie are absolutely hilarious some parts will merely make you roll your eyes. the end sequence is one of these parts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Ellefson
Buster Keaton is fantastic in this movie as always. I am so glad these films are saved and at such a great quality. Must see this film.Published 9 months ago by greg
So glad I discovered Buster. Very funny guy and his stunts are fantastic. Love the chase scenes. Great fun!Published 11 months ago by Regular Joe
Starts off a little slow but turns into complete insanity as it gets going. Buster Keaton is a comic genius.Published 11 months ago by M. Flynn
Recently watched this one... a great movie! In this silent Buster has to find a bride by 4 p.m. in order to get a large inheritance (and avoid bankruptcy). Read morePublished 20 months ago by James D. Crabtree
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