Editorial review of The Saphead (1920) starring Buster Keaton, courtesy of Amazon.com
Quotes from The Saphead
Bertie: I’m good. I’ve tried my best to get over it – but I can’t – and I still kneel down and say my prayers every morning – before I go to bed.
Bertie: Do all these seats cost 100,000 dollars?
Bertie: All they do here is knock off hats, but I enjoy it. It occupies the mind.
Trivia for The Saphead
- Douglas Fairbanks recommended Buster Keaton the role. Fairbanks had created the role on Broadway and turned down the chance to play it again in the film.
- a hand double is in a close-up shot. To avoid showing that Keaton was missing his right index fingertip.
- A rare Buster Keaton smile is visible. It’s in the scene in which Bertie reads the newspaper account on the raid of the gambling house.
Cast of characters
- Edward Jobson … Reverend Murray Hilton
- Beulah Booker … Agnes Gates
- Edward Connelly (The Unholy Three) … Mr. Musgrave
- Edward Alexander … Watson Flint
- Irving Cummings (Curly Top) … Mark Turner
- Odette Tyler … Mrs. Cornelia Opdyke
- Carol Holloway … Rose Turner
- Jack Livingston … Dr. George Wainright
- William H. Crane … Nicholas Van Alstyne
- Buster Keaton (Sherlock Jr., Seven Chances) … Bertie Van Alstyne