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The Bell Boy (1918)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 18 March 1918 (USA)
At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a ... See full summary »

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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (screenplay), Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Bellboy, barber
Buster Keaton ... Bellboy
Al St. John ... Desk Clerk
Alice Lake ... Cutie Cuticle, manicurist
Joe Keaton ... Guest
Charles Dudley ... Guest
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Storyline

At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a runaway trolley. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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chase | horse | hotel | bellhop | elevator | See All (16) »

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El botones See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Comique Film Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of the few films in which Buster Keaton smiles. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Buster is dripping mop water into the guest's top hat, long and close shots show his feet in different positions. See more »

Quotes

Bellboy, barber: [to Cutie Cuticle] I can give you a room, but you'll have to take the bath yourself.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Caligula: Part I (2010) See more »

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The Double Trouble
26 August 2018 | by kkonrad-29861See all my reviews

'The Bell Boy' is one of the best (if not the best) Arbuckle/Keaton collaboration. Arbuckle and Keaton star as bellboys in the lavish hotel with the first rate prices and third rate service. Whenever these two show up there's bound to be trouble. 'The Bell Boy' is not overloaded with slapstick, instead this one has much more subtle humor (signs like 'Painless Shaving, Our Specialty') and more action. The bank robbery scene is great example of well staged physical comedy with wonderful acrobatic elements (Buster Keaton finally got to be in his own element).

'The Bell Boy' is not very typical Arbuckle slapstick but rather humorous action comedy that is recommended to every Buster Keaton fan (and 'Fatty' Arbuckle fans as well).


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