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The Rough House (1917)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  25 June 1917 (USA)
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Roscoe, his wife and his mother-in-law run a seaside resort. Buster plays a gardener who puts out a fire started by Roscoe, then a delivery boy who fights with the cook St. John, then a cop.

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Mr Rough
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Cook
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Gardener / Delivery Boy / Cop
Alice Lake ...
Mrs Rough
Agnes Neilson ...
Mother-in-Law
Glen Cavender
Josephine Stevens
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Roscoe, his wife and his mother-in-law run a seaside resort. Buster plays a gardener who puts out a fire started by Roscoe, then a delivery boy who fights with the cook St. John, then a cop.

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Buster Keaton hadn't yet solidified his "Great Stone Face" persona; he smiles, laughs, grimaces, and smirks. See more »

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The Rough House was a hilarious early Arbuckle-Keaton collaboration
3 July 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This silent comedy short, the second of the Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle ones co-starring Buster Keaton and-according to IMDb-Keaton's first as co-director, was a hilarious one that I just watched on Image Entertainment's The Best Arbuckle-Keaton Collection DVD's. First, Fatty tries to put out a fire on his bed with just a cup of water. Then, Buster as a delivery boy comes in and, along with Al St. John as a cook, wreaks havoc fighting over the maid. Then, his wife and mother-in-law entertain some guests who turn out to be...Oh, just watch The Rough House and just marvel at how things escalate to such absurd heights you can't help laughing all the way through like I did. I was especially blown by the way Buster's knife was thrown at certain places. And, yes, Arbuckle does a nice fork-and-roll dance here that Chaplin later put in The Gold Rush. So on that note, I highly recommend The Rough House.


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