Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle: A Biography of the Silent Film Comedian, 1887-1933

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Fatty Arbuckles career came to a sudden halt amidst allegations that he raped and caused the death of a young starlet named Virginia Rappe. Though he was acquitted, the comedian, who was at one time second in popularity only to Charlie Chaplin, was ruined. Interviews with many of Arbuckles contemporaries (including Minta Durfee, his first wife) and extensive research inform this serious study of the once-fabled comedian. His early days in the Keystone comedies and his relationship with Chaplin are recounted. The details of the Rappe trial and his life afterwards are also provided.

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Internationally acclaimed silent film pianist Stuart Oderman lives in East Orange, New Jersey. He is also the author of Lillian Gish (2000).

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"[a] fascinating biography...an invaluable and thorough historical perspective.... Highly recommended" -- Choice

"fascinating first-hand accounts...vividly captures the personal side of the people in the world of early film comedy" -- Past Times

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