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The Saphead Details


The Saphead was based on the tried-and-true Winchell Smith stage comedy The New Henrietta, previously filmed in 1915 as Winchell Smith. Buster Keaton, at the time a popular 2-reel comedy attraction, makes his feature-film debut in the role of the addlepated son of Wall Street lion William H. Crane. In an effort to make something worthwhile of his unprepossessing offspring, Crane gives Keaton $100,000 to buy a seat on the stock market. Keaton gets mixed up in a seemingly worthless stock, but proves at the end that he's got more business sense than all the other brokers combined. Surprisingly, The Saphead is almost bereft of slapstick, until Keaton forces the issue in a riotous stock-exchange climax. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 18, 1920


Buster Keaton
as Bertie Van Alstyne, His Son
Edward Connelly
as Musgrave
Irving Cummings
as Mark Tumer
Edward Alexander
as Watson Flint
Katherine Albert
as Hattie
Alfred Hollingsworth
as Hathaway
Katherine Albert
as Hattie
Edward Alexander
as Watson Flint


Winchell Smith
June Mathis
Harold Wenstrom