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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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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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A Vast, Fast, and Exciting Comedy!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Fatty Arbuckle
10 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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.

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.


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