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Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle: A Biography of the Silent Film Comedian, 1887-1933
     

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle: A Biography of the Silent Film Comedian, 1887-1933

by Stuart Oderman
 

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Fatty Arbuckle’s career came to a sudden halt amidst allegations that he raped and caused the death of a young starlet named Virginia Rappe. Though he was acquitted, the comedian, who was at one time second in popularity only to Charlie Chaplin, was ruined.
Interviews with many of Arbuckle’s contemporaries (including Minta Durfee, his first wife)

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Fatty Arbuckle’s career came to a sudden halt amidst allegations that he raped and caused the death of a young starlet named Virginia Rappe. Though he was acquitted, the comedian, who was at one time second in popularity only to Charlie Chaplin, was ruined.
Interviews with many of Arbuckle’s contemporaries (including Minta Durfee, his first wife) and extensive research inform this serious study of the once-fabled comedian. His early days in the Keystone comedies and his relationship with Chaplin are recounted. The details of the Rappe trial and his life afterwards are also provided.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
[a] fascinating biography...an invaluable and thorough historical perspective...highly recommended
Sullivan County Democrat
a good read that will satisfy any fan of these early movie stars
Past Times
"fascinating first-hand accounts...vividly captures the personal side of the people in the world of early film comedy"
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“[a] fascinating biography...an invaluable and thorough historical perspective...highly recommended”—Choice; “a good read that will satisfy any fan of these early movie stars”—Sullivan County Democrat; “fascinating first-hand accounts...vividly captures the personal side of the people in the world of early film comedy”—Past Times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786422777
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/29/2005
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Internationally acclaimed silent film pianist Stuart Oderman lives in East Orange, New Jersey. Through his fascinating career, Oderman has met many famous people; for example, his relationship with Lillian Gish spanned four decades.

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