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HISTORY

The Saphead was Buster Keaton's first feature film.
       According to John Bengtson, author of Silent Echos (Santa Monica, CA, 2000), the dream house that Keaton's character buys near the end of the film was built on the Metro Studio lot at Cahuenga Boulevard and Willoughby Avenue in Hollywood, ... More Less

The Saphead was Buster Keaton's first feature film.
       According to John Bengtson, author of Silent Echos (Santa Monica, CA, 2000), the dream house that Keaton's character buys near the end of the film was built on the Metro Studio lot at Cahuenga Boulevard and Willoughby Avenue in Hollywood, CA.. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
26 Feb 21
p. 1233.
MPN
26 Feb 21
p. 1715.
MPW
10 Jul 20
p. 193.
MPW
26 Feb 21
p. 1091.
New York Times
14 Feb 21
p. 12.
Variety
18 Feb 21
p. 40.
Wid's
27 Feb 21
p. 9.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Metro Special
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art interiors
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Henrietta by Bronson Howard (New York, 26 Sep 1887) and the play The New Henrietta by Winchell Smith and Victor Mapes (New York, 22 Dec 1913).
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 October 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15662
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,650
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bertie "the Saphead," son of millionaire Nicholas Van Alstyne, is in love with Agnes Gates and tries to act like a sport, haunting cabarets and gambling dens, in order to win her interest. Despite his antics, he succeeds in winning Agnes, but he disgusts his father, who gives him a million dollars, turns him out of the house, and says that he cannot marry Agnes until he makes something of himself. Finally, their wedding is set, but the ceremony is interrupted when a woman presents letters implicating Mark Turner, who is married to Bertie's sister Rose, in an affair with Henrietta Reynolds which produced a child. Mark, however, quickly makes Bertie appear to be the guilty one, and the marriage is called off. Eventually, the truth comes out, Bertie saves his father's fortune, and he marries ... +


Bertie "the Saphead," son of millionaire Nicholas Van Alstyne, is in love with Agnes Gates and tries to act like a sport, haunting cabarets and gambling dens, in order to win her interest. Despite his antics, he succeeds in winning Agnes, but he disgusts his father, who gives him a million dollars, turns him out of the house, and says that he cannot marry Agnes until he makes something of himself. Finally, their wedding is set, but the ceremony is interrupted when a woman presents letters implicating Mark Turner, who is married to Bertie's sister Rose, in an affair with Henrietta Reynolds which produced a child. Mark, however, quickly makes Bertie appear to be the guilty one, and the marriage is called off. Eventually, the truth comes out, Bertie saves his father's fortune, and he marries Agnes. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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