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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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Did You Know?


Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle performs a prototype of the "dancing dinner rolls" that Charles Chaplin used in The Gold Rush (1925). Until "The Rough House" - thought to be lost - was rediscovered, Chaplin was credited with creating the gag. See more »


Featured in Birth of Hollywood: Episode #1.2 (2011) See more »

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Plotless Trivel
21 August 2018 | by SendiTolverSee all my reviews

'The Rough House' that marks the directorial debut of Buster Keaton and is his second collaboration with Fatty Arbuckle, falls flat. The most amusing part is in the beginning of the movie where Arbuckle's character nonchalantly tries to put out a fire with cup of water. From there on the film goes downhill. Repetitive gags of someone getting hit int the face with stuff (I know it is slapstick and pie in the face was widely used gag, but this time they did it too much). Too random, too messy and too noisy (for silent film).

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Release Date:

25 June 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det forrykte Hus See more »

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1.33 : 1
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