March 24, 1887 ~ June 29, 1933
Over one hundred years ago before Classic Hollywood films there were The Silent films, Roscoe Arbuckle was one of the top Box Office Comedy draws of the Silent era. Cousin Al St. John’s mother was Roscoe’s sister. Silent Film Actors were the pioneers, the experimenters, the innovators, the wanting to do it all to learn the business entertainers. Acting, writing, directing, do your own pratfalls kind of pioneers. One hundred years later there are dedicated film historians scavenging the world for bits and pieces of film to piece together into a final product to remember the talent and creativity of these pioneers. Paul Gierucki’s The Forgotten Films of Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle help to keep these films alive for the new century of silent movie lovers and historians.
Three of my favorites; He Did and He Didn’t, The Waiters Ball, and Love offer a plethora of slapstick. Broom schtick, hanging from chandeliers, flipping flapjacks, falling out of 2nd story windows, falling down wells, wearing a dress to fool unsuspecting fathers, or to be admitted to a dance after your tux has been stolen by Al are just a few of the antics displayed in these Arbuckle comedies. So since it is always Silent Sunday at TCM enjoy a little Love later on today.