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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton in: The Butcher Boy

It’s a common refrain about silent movies that they’re often fascinating just because they’re accidental documentaries. 1917’s The Butcher Boy, here, is one of them because it showcases a model of store that’s basically extinct in the United States: the general store in which all the merchandise is kept safely tucked away from the customers’ hands, thank you, and for that matter the person who gets what you want off the shelves isn’t necessarily the same person who wraps up your packages, and may well have nothing to do with the person who takes your money and counts your change (if you didn’t just put it on your account). 253 more words


Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St John in: The Bell Boy

Well, why not carry on the Arbuckle-Keaton-St John theme, then? For today here’s their 1918 half-hour film The Bell Boy, featuring “Fatty” Arbuckle and Buster Keaton as bellboys (and Al St John as the desk clerk), puttering around in gags set at a small-town hotel and then, as I believe every silent-era movie set in a hotel does, getting to foiling a robbery. 63 more words


Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle in THE ROUNDERS (1914) - A potent combination

Film history tells us that because of his assertive ways, Chaplin bumped heads with a lot of veterans during his first months at the Keystone Studios. 147 more words


Susan Reads: Room 1219

One of the fun things about reading non-fiction is you learn things about subjects you never knew anything about. Such is what happened when I picked up… 499 more words


Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in: Coney Island

So, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. The quickest refutation of the saying there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Remembered as he is as some silent-movie-era guy who was in a scandal, it’s easy to forget he was prominent enough to produce a scandal because he was a really skilled physical comedian, someone who could just… 513 more words


Fatty Arbuckle - A victim of the Media

I’ll be honest; Until recently, my knowledge of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle consisted of two things: a) That he was fat (really?) and b) that he crushed an underage girl to death whilst raping her.  537 more words