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How Fatty Made Good (1913)

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Hughie is one of those fat, good-natured country boys, who is a rival for the band of a girl. His rival is a thin, lanky youth by the name of Zeb. Hughie falls from the good graces of the ... See full summary »

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Hughie is one of those fat, good-natured country boys, who is a rival for the band of a girl. His rival is a thin, lanky youth by the name of Zeb. Hughie falls from the good graces of the girl when he falls out of the apple tree trying to get an apple for the girl. Zeb happens along and, fortunately for him, happens to have an apple, which he hands to the girl. They leave Hughie sitting on the ground. A show hits town, starring one of those ham actors. Zeb gets a couple of tickets and takes the girl, Lucy, to see the show. Lucy flirts with the leading actor, who responds. Lucy gets Zeb to take her to the back door after the show. The actor comes out, he recognizes the girl and invites her to have an ice-cream soda. She accepts. They both exit, leaving Zeb in the same frame of mind as they left Hughie. Lucy falls for the cheap flattery of the actor, who is swelled up over his success and inveigles Lucy to elope with him. While all this is going on, Hughie, who has it in for Zeb for ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Not good movies, mind you
26 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Fat, lazy, petulant Hughie Mack is in danger of losing Lucille Lee Stewart because he keeps falling out of trees while trying to pick apples for her, so he takes boxing lessons and beats his opponents into the ground to win her heart -- or perhaps to indicate what he'll do to her if she doesn't marry him. Oh, you wacky comedian!

Although the best known comedies of this era are the fast paced slapsticks of Keystone, most other studios, Vitagraph among them, cultivated a slower, more 'situational comedy' style of comedy. Vitagraph had the leading fat comic of the era, the incredibly popular George Bunny. Hughie Mack was their answer to Roscoe Arbuckle. Unfortunately for Hughie Mack, Arbuckle was possessed of enormous talent and Mack did not turn out particularly funny comedies. He did turn out to be a fine actor, working under von Stroheim in that director's dramas. This might be of interest for historical connections, but I doubt it. Give it a miss.


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