- The Butcher Boy (1917 film)
name = The Butcher Boy
caption = A short clip of The Butcher Boy with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbucle
director = Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Joseph M. Schenck
writer = Roscoe "Fatty' Arbuckle
Joseph Anthony Roach
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Al St. John
Luke the Dog
Frank D. Williams
April 23, 1917
runtime = 30 minutes
country = USA
language = Silent film
English (original intertitle)
imdb_id = 0007761
followed_by = |
"The Butcher Boy" is a 1917 short comedy film starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and
Buster Keaton. This was the first in Arbuckle's series of films with the Comique Film Corporation, and Keaton's film debut.
The story involves Arbuckle working as the butcher boy in a country store. He falls in love with the cashier, who is the daughter of the store owner. He follows her, disguised as a female cousin, to an all-girl boarding school.
* Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle - Fatty / Saccharine (as 'Fatty' Arbuckle)
Buster Keaton- Buster
* Al St. John - Alum
* Josephine Stevens - Almondine
* Arthur Earle - The Manager
Joe Bordeaux- Accomplice (as Joe Bordeau)
* Luke the Dog
* Charles Dudley - (uncredited)
Alice Lake- (uncredited)
* Agnes Neilson - Miss Teachem (uncredited)
A contemporary "Variety" review indicates the film was well-received, stating: "The Comique Film Co.'s series of Arbuckle two-reelers starts off with Fatty shaking out a bag of laugh making tricks. The cast fits the star, and not the least important member is 'Luke,' the bull terrier. It is a wonder. Arbuckle's juggling with the accessories of the country store where he is an important factor, also his way of handling the feminine clothes worn in his visit to the girl's boarding school, is done in such a serious, earnest way the comic effect is all the more forceful... The first of the Arbuckle series has set a good mark to aim at. While there is some slapstick, the comedy is recommended."
Fatty Arbuckle filmography
Buster Keaton filmography
* [http://www.archive.org/details/busterkeatonthebutcherboy Complete film (Public Domain) available for free download at the Internet Archive]
*"The Butcher Boy" (film review) in "Variety Weekly".
April 20, 1917.
*Corliss, Richard. (2001) [http://www.time.com/time/sampler/article/0,8599,109415,00.html That Old Feeling: Fatty and Buster] at "Time" online.
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