Four bad men have kidnapped Fatty's girlfriend and plan to kill her. Fatty's dog knows where she is, but Fatty doesn't and he was crying. However the dog came back to get Fatty, and they ...
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Four bad men have kidnapped Fatty's girlfriend and plan to kill her. Fatty's dog knows where she is, but Fatty doesn't and he was crying. However the dog came back to get Fatty, and they and the Keystone Cops went to rescue her.Written by
Shannon Riley <ShanMR@aol.com>
After a rather slow start, this silent comedy picks up and has some very good material in the later parts of the movie. It has a relatively long running time for its year and genre, and it could have been better with a few minutes of the plainer material cut out towards the beginning. But it ends up being worth seeing anyway, thanks to a solid second half.
Most of the first part shows 'Fatty' Arbuckle's character living at home with his mother. There are a couple of decent gags, but overall it's rather dull. The one interesting aspect of it is that there are at least a couple of gags that are recognizable from later Arbuckle features, in which he seems to have refined the ideas and the timing to make them work better. Otherwise, many of the gags in this part are predictable and somewhat routine.
The second part is very good, with "Fatty's Plucky Pup" taking a starring role. It uses some creatively silly predicaments to set up a pleasingly manic chase sequence with Arbuckle, the dog, the villains, and some of Keystone's comic policemen all involved. It's filmed in an amusing style that creates some actual excitement and comedy at the same time that it gently parodies itself. It's the kind of touch that is hard to achieve but that works well, and it makes this a worthwhile short comedy despite the more prosaic first half.
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