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Character Studies (1927)

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Carter DeHaven announces that he will perform a series of "impressions." For each impression we see him applying makeup, then he ducks down below the makeup table and pops up, in order, as ... See full summary »

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Carter DeHaven announces that he will perform a series of "impressions." For each impression we see him applying makeup, then he ducks down below the makeup table and pops up, in order, as Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Rudolph Valentino, Fatty Arbuckle, Douglas Fairbanks, and Jackie Coogan, all played by themselves. Written by Anonymous

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20 November 1927 (USA)  »

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Originally produced in 1925 for a party thrown by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, it was released commercially in 1927. See more »

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CHARACTER STUDIES Showings
4 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just to answer some of the context comments - I saw this in 2003 at Slapticon I (slapstick comedy convention). The film was from a private collection, and hadn't yet been restored / tinted (although it was in fine shape).

At the festival the presenter explained that this was shot likely for a Hollywood party or private audience, not general commercial release. This makes a lot of sense - at the time of its release (1925, **not** the 1921 that IMDb has), Roscoe Arbuckle was still very much banned (even if technically unofficially) from the screen and this film would have gone nowhere commercially. Even without the ban, it's doubtful that audiences would have quietly tolerated his presence in a film since they overwhelmingly believed him guilty (despite having been acquitted of all charges, with an apology from the jury).

Don't know why, but watching it just made me crack up.

It's part of the recently released Arbuckle box, and probably the booklet explains the background; I don't have a copy yet, so I can't say.


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