Fatty's a harmless hobo. When he tries to cadge hooch and a free lunch at Ambrose Schnitz's bar, Herr Schnitz ejects him. Someone has been blowing up the taverns of people who treat ... See full summary »
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Fatty's a harmless hobo. When he tries to cadge hooch and a free lunch at Ambrose Schnitz's bar, Herr Schnitz ejects him. Someone has been blowing up the taverns of people who treat penniless folks unkindly, so Schnitz's patrons play a trick on the publican, leaving a note that the place will blow up at 3 that afternoon. Schnitz thinks Fatty is the culprit. At two minutes to three, Fatty shows up with a cheese that he's bought with generous alms a swell tosses his way. Schnitz thinks the cheese is a bomb, and he runs for the cops. Fatty has the bar to himself. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1 February 1915 (USA)  »

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Arbuckle's hobo is a lot less appealing than Chaplin's...
25 June 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Underneath his hobo greasepaint, FATTY ARBUCKLE is hard to recognize since he usually plays a working class guy, often teamed with MABEL NORMAND. Here he's a street hobo looking for handouts who inadvertently becomes suspected of being "the bomber" when he waltzes into MACK SWAIN's bar with a cheese Swain thinks is a bomb.

That's the set-up and it's a thin one on which to hang a plot, even for a short film. This being the Age of Terror, as someone else observed, it's not exactly a "feel good" sort of comedy.

It's hard to recognize SLIM SUMMERVILLE behind the bar and I never did recognize EDGAR KENNEDY as the generous man who offered the cheese. But the sad fact is that Arbuckle's hobo is never an appealing creature, unlike the gifted Charlie Chaplin who was able to make so much more of that sort of character.

This is one you can miss without missing anything.


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