Sunday 1 July 2007

Fatty's Faithful Fido (1915) Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

As you'd expect from the title, Fatty Arbuckle gets to co-star once more with probably my favourite Keystone actor, Luke the Dog. Unfortunately he doesn't get much to do early on, while Fatty and Al St John get to fight it out for the attentions of Minta Durfee outside One Lung's Chinese laundry. Fortunately for us though, the admirable acrobatic talents of Al St John are soon matched by the acrobatic talents of Luke the dog who gets to climb ladders and run along rooves to catch his man.

There's no story here at all, merely fourteen minutes of decent slapstick, with excellent stunts and plenty of people falling over or getting knocked over, or splashed or hit by bricks or chased up buildings and so on. A good deal of the running time is taken up by one fight or another, so if you're into physical humour there's no lack of it here to enjoy. There's not enough Luke the Dog but Fatty and Al St John are excellent, as are a whole slew of other actors, none of whom I recognise. The choreography is spot on and it all makes for a well above average barrel of laughs.

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