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18 March 1918 (USA) See more »
At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Bellboy, barber

Buster Keaton ... Bellboy

Al St. John ... Desk Clerk

Alice Lake ... Cutie Cuticle, manicurist

Joe Keaton ... Guest

Charles Dudley ... Guest

Directed by
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle  screenplay
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle  story

Cinematography by
Elgin Lessley 
George Peters 
Film Editing by
Herbert Warren 
Other crew
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter

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33 min | Spain:20 min | USA:25 min (DVD version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

One of the few films in which Buster Keaton smiles.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the "elevator malfunction" scene, the elevator, three sections of the elevator cable, and the horse pulling the cable move or remain stable independently of each other.See more »
Bellboy, barber:He looks like Rasputin, the Mad Monk!See more »
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Arbuckle, 10 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Bell Boy, The (1918)

** (out of 4)

Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton play bell boy's at a lavish hotel where trouble is always happening. Not too many laughs here, although there are some good stunts involving an elevator as well as a nice scene where a bearded Satan looking guy is transformed into other people by a haircut.

Moonshine (1918)

Not Rated

Fatty and Buster travel into the woods to break up a moonshine ring but are captured by the rednecks. Only fragments of this short are known to exist, which is a shame because what's available is pretty funny. Fatty staging his suicide is the highlight of what's available.

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