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30 September 1917 (USA) See more »
Roscoe is a doctor who falls in love with a pretty woman whose boyfriend, in turn, falls in love with Roscoe's wife's jewelry. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Dr. Fatty Holepoke

Buster Keaton ... Junior Holepoke

Al St. John ... Gambler
Alice Mann ... Vamp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Lake ... Maid

Directed by
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean C. Havez  story
Joseph Anthony Roach  story

Original Music by
Brian Benison (1998)
Cinematography by
George Peters 
Film Editing by
Herbert Warren 
Other crew
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter

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USA:23 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Unique in that Buster Keaton, renowned as "The Great Stone Face", plays a highly emotional character (a child) who frequently cries and laughs.See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Amusing Arbuckle/Keaton two reeler, 7 July 2004

Although this was only Keaton's fourth walk in front of the cameras, it was Arbuckle's 121st as an actor (out of 152) and his 61st stint as a director (out of 109). What he was to leave with his protegee was a legacy of acrobatic gag ideas plus an ever increasing knowledge of film language that makes this collaboration perhaps the most important in the history of screen comedy.

It's a fast-moving and enjoyable piece with Fatty as a flirtatious doctor, who makes a rendezvous with a woman, while her boyfriend sneaks into Fatty's home to steal his wife's jewelry. Complicating this is Keaton as Junior, who is always getting walloped by Fatty with the appropriate tears. Along the way we see Fatty at the racetrack, losing money, trying to drum up business by running down a group of reformers with his auto, and then at the end stealing money from a group of dishonest bookies.

Of the 16 films they made together only one is lost. Luckily this one, thought lost for many years, showed up in Norway a few years ago and is part of Kino's SLAPSTICK ENCYCLOPEDIA, Volume 4 on VHS and DVD.

Very worth viewing.

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