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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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Alice Lake ...
Mrs Rough
Agnes Neilson ...
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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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Early Keaton/Arbuckle short with some fine moments

This was only Buster's second film and his second with Arbuckle. Though not one of their best, it does have its moments:

Fatty setting his bed on fire and his ineffectual means of putting it out; His brief sausage roll/fork Chaplin walk, which Charlie later incorporated into THE GOLD RUSH.

While putting up with his mother-in-law's visit, Fatty Rough must endure a kitchen fight, then a house-wide fight, with a delivery boy (Keaton) and a cook (St. John) who have at each other over the maid, who Fatty also covets.

Buster also doubles as the hoseman in the first few minutes of the film. Later Buster and St. John are inexplicably made cops, after being prisoners moments before, and rush to the rescue when it is discovered that two visiting dukes (to the "Rough" house) are in reality society jewel thieves.

Note here that when the cops run to the rescue at 242nd St. (we presume NYC), it is still in the 19-teens, a rural area with open fields and suburban homes.

KINO has this on VHS and DVD in their Arbuckle and Keaton, Volume Two. The print has many drop outs and the Alloy Orchestra is once more inappropriate in their original scoring. Sound effects include the crackling of the fire and gun shots. KINO dates the film as 1918, though the IMDb dates it as 1917.


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