Lost Silent Classics Collection: Fatty Arbuckle Follies [DVD]

Back when cinema was still in its infancy, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle earned the distinction of becoming the highest-paid comedic film actor up through that time. By 1914, Arbuckle was receiving the unholy sum of $1,000 a day (or roughly, $22,490 per day in current dollars) plus 25% of all residuals to make movies; by 1918, Arbuckle was raking in the equivalent of $15 million per year in current dollars. Creatively speaking, Arbuckle influenced such legends as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and even Bob Hope. Tragically, however, Arbuckle's fame was short-lived; an infamous 1921 scandal involving the death of showgirl Virginia Rappe found the comic indicted for manslaughter, and although the courts dropped all charges, Arbuckle's reputation never recovered. This collection travels back to the period before the scandal, to present four classics that illustrate Arbuckle's groundbreaking onscreen work with slapstick: Fatty and Minnie He-Haw (1918), Fatty Joins the Police (1913), Fatty's Spooning Days (1918) and Fatty's Suitless Day (1914).
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Fatty and Minnie He-Haw
Mabel, Fatty and the Law
Mabel Normand and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle are a married couple in this Keystone quickie. After a fight caused by his flirtation with the maid, Fatty and Mabel go for a walk through the park (actually Echo Park in Los Angeles, a frequent location for the Keystone troupe. The park still exists today). In typically convoluted Keystone fashion, they get mixed up with another couple, the cops get involved when they believe that the "No Spooning" law has been violated, and both Mabel and the other woman's husband wind up in the clink. An amusing, if extremely dated, statement on morality in the 'teens. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Fatty Joins the Force
After saving a little girl from drowning, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle receives an offer to join the police force, or rather, the Keystone Cops. This Mack Sennett-produced quickie, however, focuses primarily on Arbuckle's antics, and justifiably so -- even though he'd been at the Keystone Studios for only a few months, he'd already become a star in his own right. The big man comes up with some masterful pratfalls. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Fatty's Magic Pants
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle directed himself in this Keystone short. In it, he wants to take a girl (Arbuckle's real-life wife, Minta Durfee) to a fancy dress ball, but he doesn't have the right outfit. His rival does have the suit, however, so in spite of the fact that the guy is a much smaller size, Fatty steals it. In retaliation, the rival sneaks into the ball and, without Fatty's knowledge, rips open the pants seam...the rest can be guessed. One of the funniest of Arbuckle's Keystone flicks. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
    Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • Minta Durfee
    Minta Durfee
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