I’m kicking off 2023 by trying to watch and review one movie every day for the first 90 days, all of which will be 90 minutes or less.
Title: Seven Chances
Release Date: March 11, 1925
Director: Buster Keaton
Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn
The premise of this movie is that Jimmy Shannon (Buster Keaton) will inherit 7 million dollars if he marries by 7 P.M. Bungling his proposal to his true love Mary (Ruth Dwyer) he’s encouraged by his colleagues to propose to various society women, and then just random women he encounters.
The first 3/4’s of this film are quite dull and repetitive. Additionally, there’s an actor in blackface in a prominent role and some other racist. The movie only becomes laugh out loud funny in the final sequence where Shannon is chased by a mob of prospective brides and they accidentally start an avalanche of boulders down a hillside. This is a feature film that would’ve worked much better as a short.