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The Rough House (1917)

Roscoe, his wife and his mother-in-law run a seaside resort. Buster plays a gardener who puts out a fire started by Roscoe, then a delivery boy who fights with the cook St. John, then a cop.
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Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Mr Rough
Al St. John ... Cook
Buster Keaton ... Gardener / Delivery Boy / Cop
Alice Lake ... Mrs Rough
Agnes Neilson Agnes Neilson ... Mother-in-Law
Glen Cavender
Josephine Stevens Josephine Stevens ... Maid


Living under the same roof with his newly-wed wife and his mother-in-law, a careless Mr Rough sets the nuptial bedroom on fire, as the residence's cook tries to woo the maid who only has eyes for the charming delivery boy. As one thing leads to another, Mr Rough ends up preparing dinner for a pair of duplicitous guests, when, clearly, he should be staying out of the kitchen. Does Mrs Rough know the visitors' true intentions? But, above all, how will this disastrous dinner party at the Rough house end? Written by Nick Riganas

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1910s | 1900s | newlywed | mama | mother | See All (50) »


A Vast, Fast, and Exciting Comedy!


Comedy | Short

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Directorial debut of Buster Keaton. See more »


Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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Some Good Moments & A Couple of Classic Gags
22 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This short comedy has some very good moments that make up for other stretches that are more routine. There are also a couple of classic gags worth watching for in themselves. The setting has 'Mr. Rough' (Arbuckle) trying to endure a visit from his mother-in-law, with Keaton and Al St. John on hand to create additional havoc. The two best gags come right at the beginning: watch for Fatty's fire-fighting technique, later imitated by other comedians, and then right after that Fatty improvises a gag that Charlie Chaplin later refined and made into a classic - it's a nice surprise, and worth watching for. And after that, the rest of the film also has some good moments that fans of Arbuckle and Keaton should enjoy.

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Release Date:

25 June 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det forrykte Hus See more »

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Comique Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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