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Buzzin' Around (1933)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  4 February 1933 (USA)
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Fatty invents a liquid with flubber-like properties which makes objects resilient and unbreakable. Unfortunately, in his rush to get out of the house to demonstrate his invention, he ... See full summary »

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Fatty invents a liquid with flubber-like properties which makes objects resilient and unbreakable. Unfortunately, in his rush to get out of the house to demonstrate his invention, he unknowingly grabs a jar of moonshine instead of the jar which holds his wonder liquid. To make matters worse, as he drives to the demonstration, a football-sized beehive falls from a tree onto the cargo bed of his truck . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's Final Curtain Call
8 August 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A ROSCOE `FATTY' ARBUCKLE Comedy Short

A farm boy invents a solution that prevents china from breaking. He eagerly heads off to the Big City to show off his discovery. But when a swarm of bees start BUZZIN' AROUND his jalopy, all manner of chaos begins to break loose...

Roscoe Arbuckle (he hated the nickname of `Fatty') was one of the silent era's most beloved comics. At the apex of his fame he rivaled even Chaplin in popularity. But in 1921, Roscoe became the victim of Hollywood's first great scandal. Accused of raping & causing the death of a young harlot starlet in San Francisco, he was forced to endure the hideous ordeal of 3 criminal trials. Even though the final jury fully exonerated him, he was hounded by the media, and his career was all but destroyed.

But Roscoe was not completely finished in films. Sympathetic friends arranged for him to appear in 2 cameos, and from 1925 to 1932, under a pseudonym, he directed 28 comedy shorts. Finally in 1932 he signed with Vitaphone to appear in 6 shorts, under his real name. BUZZIN' AROUND, released in February 1933, was the last of these. It was to be his final film appearance.

In June of 1933, because of the success of the shorts, Roscoe signed with Warners to begin starring in feature films. His long years in the Hollywood Wilderness over, Roscoe was delighted. Tragically, he died in his sleep of a massive heart attack a few hours after signing the contract. He was only 46 years old.

Fortunately, since it was to be his cinematic farewell, BUZZIN' AROUND is quite a funny film. Played like a silent short with sound & dialogue, Roscoe is in his element. Amazingly graceful for a man of his size, he provides solid laughs, along with his sidekick Al St. John & Pete the Dog, from the OUR GANG films. Although amusing, it is an ultimately sad experience to watch, leaving the viewer wondering what was lost to the movies because death, tragedy & scandal intervened.


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