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Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle: Articles


Marion Davies & Clara Bow on TCM

Clara Bow, known as the “It” Girl, stars in the appropriately titled It Part III of Moguls & Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood, “The Dream Merchants,” narrated by Christopher Plummer, continues today (a rerun of Monday's presentation) on Turner Classic Movies (website). Accompanying features and shorts focus on 1920s comedies. Charles Chaplin's The Pilgrim is on right now. Following “The Dream Merchants,” TCM will show two Buster Keaton comedies: the short One Week and the feature Steamboat Bill Jr.; Harold Lloyd's best-remembered effort, Safety Last!; the Marion Davies vehicle Show People; the Clara Bow vehicle It (in which Gary Cooper has a bit part); and the Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle short Fools' Luck. I'm usually not a silent-comedy fan. I've […]


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Marion Davies & Clara Bow on TCM



Fatty Arbuckle-Virginia Rappe Trial: Q&A with Researcher Joan Myers

Film researcher Joan Myers has been working on a book project that will present the Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle manslaughter trial in a different light. What trial? Fatty who? What trial? Well, only the biggest Hollywood scandal of the 1920s – along with the unsolved murder of director William Desmond Taylor. (See Time magazine's top 25 crimes of the 20th century.) Fatty who? Well, only a top – perhaps the top – Famous Players-Lasky (later renamed Paramount) star of the late 1910s; a comedian just about as popular in his day as Charles Chaplin was. Until it all came crashing down following a “wild party” at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on Labor Day 1921. A party guest, actress […]


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Fatty Arbuckle-Virginia Rappe Trial: Q&A with Researcher Joan Myers