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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
Minta Durfee ...
Pickpocket's Girlfriend
Ollie Carlyle ...
Girl with Purse
Billie Walsh ...
Boyfriend of Girl with Purse
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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Middle Ground Fatty
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Fatty's Chance Acquaintance (1915)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fatty's wife drags him to the park so that she can read but once there he leaves her when he spots a prettier woman. This short drags in spots but there are still a few nice laughs including a thief getting chased around the park by a elderly cop. There's also a nice sequence with Fatty trying to get his wife to let him buy a drink. Frank Hayes steals the show as the cop.

Film can be found on The Forgotten Films of Fatty Arbuckle, which contains four discs worth of material including items directed by Arbuckle after he was blacklisted from Hollywood.

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