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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
Aspect Ratio:
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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Silly, But Generally Entertaining Material From Arbuckle & Co., 16 March 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Though much of it is rather silly, "Oh Doctor!" has some good material too, and it is generally entertaining. The story is goofy and implausible, but it is told and played with verve by a pretty good cast. 'Fatty' Arbuckle plays a pretty disreputable character who is not really sympathetic, yet Arbuckle's good-natured energy is enough to make you hope that things will turn out all right for "Dr. Fatty". Buster Keaton's performance as the doctor's son (mostly a foil for 'Fatty') is rather interesting, because it is the exact opposite of the stoic manner that he adopted in his own later pictures - his performance here is even more exaggerated than in some of the other short features he made with Arbuckle.

The story hops around between a number of settings, and without a good cast it might not have worked very well. But the different settings do give rise to some worthwhile comedy material. There are a good number of Arbuckle/Keaton shorts that are better, but "Oh Doctor!" is still worth seeing if you enjoy the lively antics of Arbuckle & company.

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