Roscoe Arbuckle Week, Part IV (Filmography)

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Between 1909–33, Roscoe appeared in over 150 films, with his most prolific years being 1913–21. He also directed over 130 films (billed as William B. Goodrich from 1924–32) and wrote over 35 films. Sadly, his films were ordered destroyed in the wake of the scandal, and many of them are now considered lost. Others exist only in archives.

Lost films are starred, as per the latest information available at SilentEra.com.

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Ben’s Kid (1909)*
Mrs. Jones’ Birthday
(1909)*
Making It Pleasant for Him
(1909)*
The Sanitarium
(1910)*
Alas! Poor Yorick!
(1913)*

Keystone:

The Gangsters (1913)
Passions, He Had Three (1913)*
Help! Help! Hydrophobia! (1913)*
The Waiters’ Picnic (1913)*
A Bandit (1913)
Peeping Pete (1913)
For the Love of Mabel (1913)*
The Telltale Light (1913)*
A Noise from the Deep (1913)*
Love and Courage (1913)*
Professor Bean’s Removal (1913)*
The Riot (1913)*
Mabel’s New Hero (a.k.a. Fatty and the Bathing Beauties) (1913)
Fatty’s Day Off (1913)*

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Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913)
The Gypsy Queen (1913)*
The Fatal Taxicab (1913)*
When Dreams Come True (1913)*
Mother’s Boy (1913)*
Two Old Tars (1913)*
A Quiet Little Wedding (1913)*
The Speed Kings—Earl Cooper and Teddy Tetzlaft (1913)

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Fatty at San Diego (1913)*
Wine (1913)*
A Muddy Romance (1913)
Fatty Joins the Force (1913)
The Woman Haters (1913)*
Ride for a Bride (1913)*
Fatty’s Flirtation (1913)*
His Sister’s Kids (1913)
He Would a Hunting Go (1913)*

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A Misplaced Foot (1914)*
The Under Sheriff (1914)*
A Flirt’s Mistake (1914)
In the Clutches of the Gang (1914)*
Rebecca’s Wedding Day (1914)*
A Robust Romeo (1914)*
‘Twixt Love and Fire (1914)*
A Film Johnnie (1914)
Tango Tangles (1914)
His Favorite Pastime (1914)

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A Rural Demon (1914)*
Barnyard Flirtations (1914) (Roscoe’s directing début)*
The Chicken Chaser (1914)*
A Bath House Beauty (1914)*
Where Hazel Met the Villain (1914)*
A Suspended Ordeal (1914)*
The Water Dog (1914)*
A Fatal Flirtation (1914)*
The Alarm (1914)*

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The Knockout (a.k.a. Counted Out) (1914)
Fatty and the Heiress (1914)*
Fatty’s Finish (1914)*
Love and Bullets (1914)
A Rowboat Romance (1914)*
The Sky Pirate (1914)*
Those Happy Days (1914)*
That Minstrel Man (1914)*
Those Country Kids (1914)
Fatty’s Gift (1914)*
The Masquerader (1914)
His New Profession (1914)
A Brand New Hero (1914)*
The Rounders (1914)
Lover’s Luck (1914)*
Fatty’s Debut (1914)*

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Fatty Again (1914)*
Their Ups and Downs (1914)*
Zip, the Dodger (1914)*
Lovers’ Post Office (1914)*
An Incompetent Hero (1914)*
Fatty’s Jonah Day (1914)*
Fatty’s Wine Party (1914)*
The Sea Nymphs (1914)*
Leading Lizzie Astray (1914)

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Shotguns That Kick (1914)*
Fatty’s Magic Pants (1914)
Fatty and Minnie He-Haw (1914)
Mabel and Fatty’s Wash Day (1915)
Fatty and Mabel’s Simple Life (1915)
Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition (1915)
Mabel, Fatty and the Law (1915) (a title so in need of the Oxford comma!)
Fatty’s New Role (1915)
Mabel and Fatty’s Married Life (1915)
Hogan’s Romance Upset (1915)

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Fatty’s Reckless Fling (1915)
Fatty’s Chance Acquaintance (1915)
Love in Armor (1915)
That Little Band of Gold (1915)
Fatty’s Faithful Fido (1915)
When Love Took Wings (1915)
Wished on Mabel (1915)
Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World’s Fair at San Francisco, Cal. (1915)
Mabel’s Wilful Way (1915)
Miss Fatty’s Seaside Lovers (1915)
The Little Teacher (1915)
Fatty’s Plucky Pup (1915)
Fatty’s Tintype Tangle (1915)

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Keystone–Triangle:

Fickle Fatty’s Fall (1915)*
The Village Scandal (1915)*
Fatty and the Broadway Stars (1915)
Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)
He Did and He Didn’t (1916)

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Bright Lights (1916)*
His Wife’s Mistake (1916)
The Other Man (1916)*
The Moonshiners (1916)*
The Waiters’ Ball (1916)
A Reckless Romeo (1916)
A Creampuff Romance (1916)*

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Comique:

The Butcher Boy (1917) (Buster Keaton’s film début)
The Rough House (1917)
His Wedding Night (1917)
Oh, Doctor! (1917)
Coney Island (1917) (watch for a pre-stoneface Buster smiling!)

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A Country Hero (1917)
Out West (1918) (contains a brief but difficult to watch moment of racially-based violence)
The Bell Boy (1918)
Moonshine (1918)
Good Night, Nurse! (1918)
The Cook (1918)
The Sheriff (1918)*

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Camping Out (1919)
The Pullman Porter (1919)*
Love (1919)
The Bank Clerk (1919)*
A Desert Hero (1919)*
Back Stage (1919)
The Hayseed (1919)
The Garage (1920)

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Paramount:

The Round Up (1920)
The Life of the Party (1920)
Brewster’s Millions (1921)*
The Dollar a Year Man (1921)*
The Traveling Salesman (1921)*
Gasoline Gus (1921)
Crazy to Marry (1921)
Leap Year (1921)
Freight Prepaid (a.k.a. The Fast Freight) (1921)*
Hollywood (1923)*

Educational Pictures:

The Back Page (1931)

Warner Brothers:

Hey, Pop! (1933)
Buzzin’ Around (1933)
How’ve You Bean? (1933)
Close Relations (1933)
In the Dough (1933)
Tomalio (1933)

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Though many of Roscoe’s films are lost or only available in archives, there are some wonderful DVDs featuring his work:

The Best Arbuckle/Keaton Collection, a two-disc set spanning 1917–20. This was before Buster adopted his famous stoneface, so you get to see him smiling in some of the films. Roscoe’s nephew Al St. John also co-stars, typically playing the villain. Last but not least, there’s Luke the Dog.

The Cook and Other Treasures, featuring two long-lost shorts plus the Harold Lloyd short Number, Please?

The Vitaphone Comedy Collection Volume One – Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle/Shemp Howard (1932-1934), featuring Roscoe’s six sound films with Warner Brothers.

The Forgotten Films of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, an incredible four-disc set spanning 1913–21. There are also a few later films he directed.

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4 comments on “Roscoe Arbuckle Week, Part IV (Filmography)

  1. mandymarie20 says:

    So many lost films. It’s tragic.

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  2. Arlee Bird says:

    That’s quite a body of work in a relatively short span of time. They really cranked them out back then even though the films were short.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • Carrie-Anne says:

      The powers that be knew a good thing when they saw one, even if some of the comedians who were made to crank out all these shorts so frequently were used as cash cows and not seen as real people who might need a break from filming every so often.

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