"Fatty", a poor good hearted farm boy is deeply in love with Winifred, a farmer's daughter. A rich neighbor offers the farmer a large plot of land if Winifred marries his slow witted son Al. "Fatty" has less then one day to save heartbroken Winifred from the rushed ceremony. Written by
Paul E. Gierucki of Laughsmith Entertainment produced the reconstruction of this film in 2004/2005 from the only surviving elements which were foreign release versions provided by The Danish Film Institute and La Cineteca Del Friuli. The final result appears on the DVD collection, "The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle" with an original score by Rodney Sauer. See more »
Well, I may be fat but at least I'm pretty!
Yeah. Pretty fat!
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Probably Arbuckle's best silent short -- I am so glad it survives!
LOVE, which was presumed lost for many years until Laughsmith Entertainment included it in the Roscoe Arbuckle DVD box set last year --they had found one separate copy of each reel, one Danish and one Italian and carefully restored it-- confirms that Roscoe, at this point, finally had begun to abandon his techniques from the quite primitive Keystone-years. While the plot is not unusual for an Arbuckle-comedy or any movie at all from the era, it includes plenty of highly amusing and in some causes even clever gags.
Roscoe, a farm boy, are in love with a pretty girl. Although the feelings are returned, a marriage seems impossible inasmuch as her cold father forces her to marry Al St. John. Frustrated, yet not without hope in sight, Roscoe decides to fool his rival and his future-father-in-law -- I don't find it necessary reveal anything further, but I assure you that although our hero had performed the very same formula on previous occasions, I chuckled as much as I've ever done through any Arbuckle-comedy.
Among the highlights in this two-reeler is the sequence in which Roscoe attempts to save the girl's father and Al from an accident in a well (it should be noted that this was before the very same men had officially declared to ruin his love interest) -- he ropes the unhappy fellows up, but leaves his hands from the rope before they've managed to climb entirely up from the well, and down it goes again! This joke, while originally very simple, provides plenty of camera-tricks which were extraordinary to see in a short comedy from 1919.
Still, what makes LOVE such a jewel is, I believe, Roscoe's personality. Arbuckle was, and is to some extent even today, known as a clown who had no fully developed personality, but preferred to appear as an "overgrown childlike man" whose grimaces were "coarse." If so, LOVE proves that he was on his way to build a steady personality for his character as well. Here, he gives me the impression of a very sympathetic and charming fellow whose intentions to save the girl from marrying Al is not only due to his own interests but also with the girl's future in mind.
This little short, which I consider to be one of the best of all Arbuckle accomplished, should be seen not only by Arbuckle's loyal group of fans, but also by those who claim that he was a "lesser comedian" (which he was not!) -- they will truly change their mind after viewing LOVE!
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