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

by Stuart Oderman




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.

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)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Stuart Oderman was an internationally acclaimed silent film pianist. He lived in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1. Endings and Beginnings 1

2. First Steps to First Love 10

3. Touring 22

4. Keystone Comedy 40

5. Charlie Chaplin Makes His Entrance 51

6. Madcap Mabel 64

7. Going East 77

8. Roscoe Goes to Paramount 92

9. A New Talent Arrives 105

10. No Dogs, No Actors! 116

11. On Their Own 125

12. The Best Show in Town 137

13. Up in Roscoe’s Rooms 151

14. The Arbuckle Trials 172

15. Retribution 195

16. New Beginnings, Old Problems 204

Notes 215

Bibliography 235

Index 241

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