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The Saphead
(1920) American
B&W : Seven reels / 6650 feet
Directed by Herbert Blaché

Cast: William H. Crane [Nicholas Van Alstyne], Buster Keaton [Bertie Van Alstyne], Irving Cummings [Mark Turner], Carol Holloway [Rose Turner], Edward Jobson [Reverend Murray Hilton], Edward Alexander [Watson Flint], Jack Livingston [Doctor George Wainwright], Edward Connelly [Musgrave], Jeffrey Williams [Hutchins], Odette Tyler [Mrs. Cornelia Opdyke], Beulah Booker [Agnes Gates], Katherine Albert [Hattie], Helen Holte [Henrietta Reynolds], Alfred Hollingsworth [Hathaway], Henry Clauss, Eddie Cline [the stock exchange member who knocks off Bertie’s hat]

Metro Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro Pictures Corporation [Metro Special]. / Produced by Winchell Smith. Scenario by June Mathis, from the adaptation The New Henrietta by Winchell Smith and Victor Mapes of the play The Henrietta by Bronson Howard. Set design by F.H. Webster. Assistant director, Marcel De Sano. Cinematography by Harold Wenstrom. / © 11 October 1920 by Metro Pictures Corporation [LP15662]. Released 18 October 1920. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Keaton’s first feature film.


Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.3852.

Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm preservation positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Families: Father-son relationships - Hats - Millionaires - Rich people - Ticker tape machines - USA: New York: New York: Wall Street - Weddings

Listing updated: 24 September 2013.

References: AFI-F1 n. F1.3852; Brownlow-Parade pp. 479-480; Dardis-Keaton pp. 66-67, 127, 133, 290; Drew-Speaking p. 139; Everson-American p. 267; Kerr-Silent p. 126; Lahue-World p. 141; Schelly-Langdon p. 56; Shipman-Cinema p. 72.

Home video: DVD.

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