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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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Complete credited cast:
... Fatty / Saccharine (as 'Fatty' Arbuckle)
... Buster
... Alum
Josephine Stevens ... Almondine
Arthur Earle ... The Manager
Joe Bordeaux ... Accomplice (as Joe Bordeau)
Luke the Dog
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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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Also Known As:

A mészárosfiú  »

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Trivia

Buster Keaton's first scene during the flour fight was done all in one take; he later learned he was the only actor who ever did his first scene in his first film in a single take. See more »

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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 »

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Title card: Buster wants some molasses.
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Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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A Historical Treasure, & Some Pretty Good Slapstick Too
9 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

This Fatty Arbuckle short feature is a historical treasure in that it was the first film appearance of the great Buster Keaton, and it has some decent slapstick too. The first half takes place in the general store where 'Fatty' is working as the "Butcher Boy", and it has some good moments, with a couple of clever gadgets, although no big laughs. The last half is the best part, with Fatty, Buster, Fatty's frequent foil Al St. John, and their dog all converging on a boarding school, in a manic sequence that includes some good material. It's unrefined, old-fashioned slapstick, but good fun for anyone who enjoys Arbuckle and/or Keaton.


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