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The Butcher Boy (1917)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 23 April 1917 (USA)
Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (story), Joseph Anthony Roach (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Fatty / Saccharine (as 'Fatty' Arbuckle)
Buster Keaton ... Buster
Al St. John ... Alum
Josephine Stevens Josephine Stevens ... Almondine
Arthur Earle Arthur Earle ... The Manager
Joe Bordeaux Joe Bordeaux ... Accomplice (as Joe Bordeau)
Luke the Dog Luke the Dog
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Storyline

Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mészárosfiú See more »

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Production Co:

Comique Film Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Like all the Arbuckle/Keaton shorts, filmed without a script. The cast and crew just took a premise and ad-libbed until they were satisfied with the results. See more »

Goofs

Buster drops a bucket of molasses on the floor, but as soon as he leaves the store both the bucket and the molasses puddle are gone. See more »

Quotes

Title card: Buster wants some molasses.
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Connections

Featured in Silent Clowns: Buster Keaton (2006) See more »

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Arbuckle
10 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Butcher Boy, The (1917)

** (out of 4)

The butcher boy (Fatty Arbuckle) falls for the store owner's daughter and must fight to get her. The first half of the film takes place in the store and has Buster Keaton playing an obnoxious customer. This half is very funny but the second half dealing with Fatty dressing in drag in order to sneak into a boarding school really doesn't work.

Rough House, The (1917)

*** (out of 4)

Fatty Arbuckle helps run a seaside resort but trouble starts when a deliver boy (Buster Keaton) shows up. It's rather amazing to see how much time the star/director Fatty gave to Keaton who's allowed to steal the show with his physical comedy. Another interesting thing is that there's a dinner scene where Fatty puts forks in two rolls and does a dance, which Chaplin borrowed eight years later in The Gold Rush.


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