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Back Stage (1919)

Roscoe and Buster are working at a vaudeville house. When the crew attacks the strongman for bullying his assistant, the man goes out on strike so the crew puts on a show. When the ... See full summary »

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Jean C. Havez (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Stagehand
Buster Keaton ... Stagehand
Al St. John ... Stagehand
Charles A. Post ... The Strongman
Molly Malone Molly Malone ... Strongman's Assistant
Jack Coogan Sr. Jack Coogan Sr. ... Eccentric Dancer (as John Coogan)
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Storyline

Roscoe and Buster are working at a vaudeville house. When the crew attacks the strongman for bullying his assistant, the man goes out on strike so the crew puts on a show. When the strongman starts shooting from the balcony, Buster rigs a swing, picks him up, and takes him to the stage where is again subdued. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kulisszák mögött See more »

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Production Co:

Comique Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Strongman's Assistant: [the act quits, to Buster and Fatty] We don't need them. Let's do the show ourselves!
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Referenced in All Over Town (1937) See more »

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From Stagehand to Stage star
30 August 2018 | by SendiTolverSee all my reviews

Roscoe and Buster star as stagehands in theater, when Strongman (Charles Post) arrives with his personal assistant (Molly Malone). Stagehands and the crew are appalled by the way the Strongman treats his assistant, so they decide to play a little trick on the expense of the bully, after which he quits the show with the rest of the troupe. Strongman's assistant stays with Roscoe and Buster, and gives them the idea to stage the show themselves.

'Back Stage' is interesting story and it could be considered 'character driven' film compared to Arbuckle's usual slap stick stuff, although there is not much character development, but the story is coherent and complete. There are not much action packed physical comedy (besides Busters big fight with the Strongman), the film is filled with nice subtle gags and moments. Definitely different from Arbuckle/Keaton collaboration, and worthwhile to see.


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