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Fatty's Chance Acquaintance (1915)

Fatty and his domineering wife visit the park, where they encounter a pair of pickpockets.


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Cast overview:
Billie Bennett ...
Fatty's Wife
Harry McCoy ...
Minta Durfee ...
Pickpocket's Girlfriend
Frank Hayes ...
Ollie Carlyle ...
Girl with Purse
Billie Walsh ...
Boyfriend of Girl with Purse
Glen Cavender ...
Ted Edwards ...
Ice Cream Vendor
Grover Ligon ...
Ice Cream Buyer


'Fatty' and his bossy, stingy wife are visiting the park at the same time that another couple is there. When his wife refuses to buy him a soft drink, Fatty walks over to a drinking fountain. Meanwhile, the other man, who is a purse snatcher, has targeted Fatty's wife as his next victim. Fatty notices the purse snatcher's pretty companion sitting on a bench by herself, and begins to flirt with her even as the purse snatcher is trying to evade a policeman who has spotted him at work. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

8 March 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fatty fait une conquête  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the scene where Fatty's wife's purse is stolen, the "pickpocket" at first has a cigarette in his mouth. The next shot has him hooking her purse off her lap with his cane, and no cigarette is visible in his hands or mouth. Next when he arises off the bench after acquiring the contents of the purse, he again is smoking a cigarette. See more »

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Has Some Funny Moments Using Standard Material
22 November 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

In this short comedy, Roscoe Arbuckle and the rest of the Keystone cast and crew make use of some of their standard gag ideas and story material to produce some funny moments. Arbuckle plays the kind of put-upon husband character that he was often using at the time, and his character is put into a series of comic situations, most of which work.

The story has Arbuckle and his domineering wife visiting the park and becoming entangled with another couple, one of whom is a purse snatcher. Arbuckle has some scenes with his stern wife, played by Billie Bennett, and he has some engaging moments with Minta Durfee as the purse snatcher's companion. It's always interesting to observe that on-screen Arbuckle usually had better chemistry with Mabel Normand, but this feature is one of his better pairings with Durfee, as they do work well together in their scenes.

Harry McCoy, as the purse snatcher, and Frank Hayes, as a park policeman, also have some good moments. There are some clever gags that make continual use of the wife's purse and the men's canes, and they help to pull the story together. The material is nothing new, but most of it is entertaining, and it moves quickly once it gets going.

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