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Seven Chances (1925)



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Imagine Buster Keaton playing a character who is told he will inherit a large sum of money as long as he is married by a certain time scant hours away. Imagine Buster Keaton trying absolutely everything in his power to marry absolutely anyone and everyone of the appropriate species and gender (and sometimes making mistakes about eligibility). Then imagine Buster Keaton deluged with every woman on earth, chasing him down city streets and over mountains. As if the first half weren't hysterical enough, the second has to be one of the best -- certainly one of the craziest -- comic chase scenes of all time.

It's movies like this that make Keaton arguably the greatest writer-director-performer of all time. The perfect timing and sheer outrageousness of his comedy is unequaled.

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