'Fatty' is looking forward to attending a formal occasion. But in order to go, he has to be properly dressed, and he encounters unexpected difficulties in getting himself ready.

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Fatty notices in the newspaper that there is a formal dress Grand Benefit Dance this evening. He wants to go and bring his girl with him, but he doesn't have the appropriate clothes. He and a rival for the girl's affections fight over the issue, the rival who does have a dress suit suitable for the occasion. Unable to get the money from his mother to rent a suit, Fatty manages to "borrow" the rival's suit. Despite the suit being too small, Fatty is able to put it on and go to the dance with his girl. However his rival won't tolerate Fatty's antics and decides to go to the dance and exact his own form of revenge against Fatty. Total mayhem ensues at the dance, with Fatty needing some help from a policeman to be "decent". Written by Huggo

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14 December 1914 (USA)  »

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Roscoe Arbuckle's version of pathos.
15 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this Arbuckle short on DVD as the WH Productions reissue, "Fatty's Suitless Days." Fatty is competing with a young Charley Chase, sans moustache, for the affections of Minta Durfee, who in real life would become Mrs. Roscoe Arbuckle. Fatty wants to take her to a dance, but he doesn't own a suit. After some bickering with his mom at her washboard, he steals Charley's dress suit and takes Minta to the dance. Charley arrives at the dance, opens fire on Fatty with his pistol in a scene of gun violence which shocked my modern sensibilities. (Not really, but it's interesting to consider such scenes in the modern context.) To me, most of the talk of Chaplin and the art of pathos is pretentious and overbearing, not that there's anything wrong with that. Either way, this Fatty Arbuckle short has pathos. He loses his suit, and is led off by a police officer wearing nothing but a barrel. (It was a Keystone short, but the cop was not a "Keystone Kop.") I suppose I have to add that the ending is a double-dose of pathos given the way Roscoe's fortunes ended in real life.

If you are a real fan of silent comedy, you will like this one. It is mindless Arbuckle fun. I still get chills when I watch these glimpses of history, this one filmed over nine decades ago. This one shows its age, but that's part of its charm.


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