Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle


The Forgotten Films of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle contains 32 classic silent and sound comedies directed by and starring master filmmaker Roscoe Arbuckle.

Arbuckle, known as the “Price of Whales” was a heavyset funnyman with an absurd amount of grace (think an elegant Jim Belushi). He was as much a household name as Chaplin, Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. But an unfortunate confluence of events led to Roscoe (a renowned drinker, womanizer, and party-giver) with being unjustly accused of raping and murdering a San Francisco Party Girl in 1921.While never convicted, he was banned from movie making, and his career died (as did he, a few years later)

We’ll never know how great Arbuckle could have been, but these DVD’s, lovingly restored, give us a clue-- very great indeed. There’s also a 36 page full color pamphlet that goes into some detail about Arbuckle, and his potential.