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 »
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
Paul E. Gierucki of Laughsmith Entertainment with the assistance of film historians Bruce Lawton and Richard M. Roberts, produced a restored/tinted version of this film in 2004/2005 for release on DVD. The final result appears on the DVD collection, "The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle" with an original score by Philip Carli. See more »
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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