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Fatty Joins the Force (1913)

After rescuing the Police Commissioner's daughter from drowning, Fatty is rewarded with a position on the force, but soon finds that the job isn't all it's cracked up to be.



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Uncredited cast:
... Fatty (uncredited)
... Arresting Cop (uncredited)
Lou Breslow ... Boy (uncredited)
Harry DeRoy ... Bald Apprehending Cop (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Nursemaid (uncredited)
... Fatty's Sweetheart (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert ... Fighter (uncredited)
William Hauber ... Cop at Station House (uncredited)
Bert Hunn ... Cop at Station House (uncredited)
George Jeske ... Arresting Cop (uncredited)
... Jealous Cop in Park (uncredited)
... Cop at Station House (uncredited)
... Police Commissioner (uncredited)
... Cop at Station House (uncredited)
... Pie Thrower (uncredited)


When 'Fatty' rescues a young girl from drowning, she turns out to be the police commissioner's daughter. The grateful commissioner offers Fatty a position on the force, and at first Fatty is very pleased with his new position. But he soon runs into difficulties, as his attempt to break up a fistfight only brings him embarrassment. Then, when he confronts a group of mischievous young boys, his real problems begin. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short





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24 November 1913 (USA)  »

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Freak Coward  »

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One of the films that lay claim to being the first pie in the face. Young rowdies mash a pie in new cop Fatty's face as he sits on a park bench. See more »


When Roscoe chases the five boys after being hit in the face with a pie, the amount of pie on his face almost vanishes while he's chasing them, but then returns when he gets to the pond. See more »


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Title Card: It turns out to be the police commissioner's child.
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Funny Arbuckle Film
10 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Fatty Joins the Force (1913)

*** (out of 4)

Good Keystone comedy has Fatty Arbuckle saving a little girl from drowning and luckily for him it turns out she's the police captain's daughter. This lands Fatty a job on the force but he soon realizes it's not all it's cracked up to be. As far as Keystone comedies goes, this one here is pretty good and especially considering how extremely good Fatty is here. I thought he does a pretty good job at keeping the film moving at a fine pace even though many of the laughs are scattered around. One of the highlights is a sequence where a pack of boys are picking on Fatty and this eventually leads to him taking a bath in a pond at which time the boys cut up his pants. This here leads to an even funnier bit where a couple women mistake Fatty for a wild man running loose. For the most part there are enough laughs to make this film worth viewing even if it doesn't come close to some of the actor's better pictures. Still, fans of Arbuckle and his style of comedy will certainly enjoy this one.

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