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Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle: A Bio-Bibliography
     

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle: A Bio-Bibliography

by Robert Young
 

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle had an interesting and varied career as a vaudeville monologist, musical comedy star, and silent film comedian, writer, director, and producer. He was also the subject of scandal, having been accused of rape and murder in 1921. Though he was never indicted on these charges and was acquitted of manslaughter, his reputation was tarnished and the

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Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle had an interesting and varied career as a vaudeville monologist, musical comedy star, and silent film comedian, writer, director, and producer. He was also the subject of scandal, having been accused of rape and murder in 1921. Though he was never indicted on these charges and was acquitted of manslaughter, his reputation was tarnished and the incident is alluded to even today. This book draws upon extensive research to provide an objective record of his life and work.

The biography portion of the volume overviews Arbuckle's many accomplishments and sheds light on his controversial life. Much of the material in the book comes from exclusive sources, such as the tape-recorded memoirs of Arbuckle's first wife and the author's recent, lengthy correspondence with the comedian's third wife and widow. Also included are two interviews with Arbuckle from 1916 and 1931, and a 1931 article about the path of his career after his scandal. The bulk of the volume provides entries for Arbuckle's theater and film work. These entries provide cast listings, plot summaries, and critical commentary. An extensive annotated bibliography lists books and articles of additional interest.

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Presents an objective account of Arbuckle's (1887-1933) life and career as a vaudeville monologist, musical comedy star, and silent film comedian, writer, director, and producer, as well as the scandal caused when he was accused of rape and murder--charges for which he was never indicted or tried (he was tried before being acquitted on manslaughter charges), but which destroyed his career, and continue to be mentioned today. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313265372
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/15/1994
Series:
Bio-Bibliographies in the Performing Arts Series , #53
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.29(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT YOUNG, JR. is a free-lance writer, and has worked as a theatrical press agent, wire service correspondent, newspaper and magazine editor, radio and television writer, and corporate advertising executive. He has written books on World War II and the history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and his articles have appeared in a number of magazines.

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