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Fatty Joins the Force (1913)

After rescuing the Police Commissioner's daughter from drowning, Fatty is rewarded with a position on the force, but soon finds that the job isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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George Nichols (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Fatty (uncredited)
Charles Avery ... Arresting Cop (uncredited)
Lou Breslow Lou Breslow ... Boy (uncredited)
Harry DeRoy Harry DeRoy ... Bald Apprehending Cop (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Nursemaid (uncredited)
Dot Farley ... Fatty's Sweetheart (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert Billy Gilbert ... Fighter (uncredited)
William Hauber William Hauber ... Cop at Station House (uncredited)
Bert Hunn Bert Hunn ... Cop at Station House (uncredited)
George Jeske George Jeske ... Arresting Cop (uncredited)
Edgar Kennedy ... Jealous Cop in Park (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Cop at Station House (uncredited)
George Nichols ... Police Commissioner (uncredited)
Mack Swain ... Cop at Station House (uncredited)
Jack White ... Pie Thrower (uncredited)
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When 'Fatty' rescues a young girl from drowning, she turns out to be the police commissioner's daughter. The grateful commissioner offers Fatty a position on the force, and at first Fatty is very pleased with his new position. But he soon runs into difficulties, as his attempt to break up a fistfight only brings him embarrassment. Then, when he confronts a group of mischievous young boys, his real problems begin. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freak Coward See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent
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One of the films that lay claim to being the first pie in the face. Young rowdies mash a pie in new cop Fatty's face as he sits on a park bench. See more »

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When Roscoe chases the five boys after being hit in the face with a pie, the amount of pie on his face almost vanishes while he's chasing them, but then returns when he gets to the pond. See more »

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Title Card: It turns out to be the police commissioner's child.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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Behind Bars
24 June 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Sometimes its a joy rummaging around in the old Hal Roach and Mack Sennett comedies. There's an assumption behind the humor that by itself is rewarding: physical stuff and often heartfelt goodness.

But sometimes they fall into sour recall, the times not being so forgiving of the humor of pain and embarrassment. This is one that won't make you laugh. You won't cry either, but it will make you sad, knowing the unfair fate Arbuckle would suffer later.

But even beyond that it isn't a success. Its actually a pretty tragic story with some pratfalls, and not very good or broad ones.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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