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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
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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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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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Directorial debut of Buster Keaton. 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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