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Walter Woods (adapted by)
Sarah Y. Mason (from the story by)
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11 January 1924 (France) See more »
A young man, heir to his misogynistic and millionaire uncle, and in love with a nurse, gets in trouble... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Stanley Piper (as Roscoe {Fatty} Arbuckle)

Lucien Littlefield ... Jeremiah Piper
Mary Thurman ... Nurse Phyllis Brown
John McKinnon ... Mumford - the Valet

Clarence Geldart ... Scott Travis
Harriet Hammond ... Loris Keene
Allen Durnell ... Tommy Blaine
Gertrude Short ... Molly Morris

Winifred Greenwood ... Mrs. Travis
Maude Wayne ... Irene Rutherford
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sidney Bracey ... Loris Keene's Press Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
James Cruze 
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (uncredited)
Writing credits
Walter Woods (adapted by)

Sarah Y. Mason (from the story by)

Produced by
Andy Coryell .... associate producer (2005 alternate version)
William Michael Hunt .... video producer (2005 alternate version) (as William Hunt)
Bruce Lawton .... associate producer (2005 alternate version)
Brittany Valente .... associate producer (2005 alternate version)
Cinematography by
Karl Brown (photographed by)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vernon Keays .... assistant director (uncredited)
Music Department
Brian Collins .... musician: clarinet, The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (2005 alternate version)
Susan Hall .... musical score compiled by (2005 alternate version)
Susan Hall .... musician: violin, The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (2005 alternate version)
Kevin Johnson .... musician: cello, The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (2005 alternate version)
Dawn Kramer .... musician: trumpet, The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (2005 alternate version)
Mont Alto Orchestra .... orchestra (2005 alternate version) (as The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra)
Rodney Sauer .... musical score compiled by (2005 alternate version)
Rodney Sauer .... musician: piano, The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (2005 alternate version)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Joseph M. Schenck .... acknowledgement: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle appears by arrangement with
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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56 min (2005 alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The film has no cast list, but Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle is listed on the title page, and 9 other actors are listed in intertitles just before they appear in the movie.See more »
Stanley Piper:Even if I have to be married and divorced three times, you'll wait for me, won't you dear?See more »


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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Roscoe swims to Japan, 1 March 2002
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

"Leap Year", starring Roscoe Arbuckle, was never released ... as it was about to be shipped to distributors when the scandal broke that destroyed Arbuckle's career. Tragically, the film was banned in Britain and several other nations during the furore over Arbuckle's alleged crimes. (He was eventually acquitted on all charges, yet the ban remained in place.) This film has a large production budget, some splendid location shots, and a witty script. "Leap Year" is excellent proof that Arbuckle was a major film star before his career came crashing down.

In "Leap Year", Roscoe is a wealthy Californian who just can't help attracting gorgeous women, even though he has a "steady girl". Considering Arbuckle's unromantic physique, we have to wonder how much of this female interest is directed towards his bank balance. There's one surprising shot in this movie, in which a man (not Arbuckle) enters a house through the bathroom window. He is clearly shown stepping onto the toilet seat, and using the toilet as a step to reach the floor. Film historians usually cite "The Crowd" (1928) as the first Hollywood movie to show a toilet, but "Leap Year" got there sooner.

One funny sequence, in which Roscoe tries to swim to Japan with his clothes on, shows Arbuckle's agility in the water. He was a very graceful man, despite his bulk. I give "Leap Year" 7 points.

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