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The Saphead Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The Saphead was based on the tried-and-true [[Performer~P185519~Winchell Smith~winchellsmith]] stage comedy The New Henrietta, previously filmed in 1915 as [[Feature~V28134~The Lamb~thelamb]]. [[Performer~P96995~Buster Keaton~busterkeaton]], 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 [[Performer~P15633~William H. Crane~williamhcrane]]. In an effort to make something worthwhile of his unprepossessing offspring, [[Performer~P15633~Crane~williamhcrane]] gives [[Performer~P96995~Keaton~busterkeaton]] $100,000 to buy a seat on the stock market. [[Performer~P96995~Keaton~busterkeaton]] 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 [[Performer~P96995~Keaton~busterkeaton]] forces the issue in a riotous stock-exchange climax. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 18, 1920

Cast

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

Crew

Winchell Smith
Producer
June Mathis
Screenwriter
Harold Wenstrom
Cinematographer
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