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Posted May 17, 2010
Roscoe's Wild Ride Explained!
The story of Fatty Arbuckle's fall from being one of the most adored celebrities of his time to being hated and unemployable is something that has always fascinated me. The trouble is, there are a lot of holes in the tale that have never been filled in.
I guess it's also true that Dashiell Hammett was involved as a detective on the case. Ace Atkins does a masterful job of fleshing out the plot and bringing to life the real people involved.
It's a fictionalized account, which means you have to expect a bit of speculation about what happened thrown in with the facts. All in all, it's more satisfying than the usual sketchy, cartoonish representation of Roscoe Arbuckle.
If you are interested at all in this period of Hollywood's history, I highly recommend Devil's Garden.
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