Stage star Carter DeHaven seemingly transforms himself into a series of silent-era screen stars including Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe Arbuckle, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Jackie Coogan.
The challenge of the very slow lens required by F. Percy Smith for macro-photography, coupled with the insensitive film stock of the day, meant that so much light was required for exposure ... See full summary »
Working their fingers to the bone to prepare the set for an upcoming performance, the enthusiastic stagehands, Roscoe and Buster, find themselves on stage when the cast quits. However, is will alone enough to earn a big round of applause?
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
Al St. John
Carter DeHaven announces that he will perform a series of "impressions." For each impression we see him applying makeup, then he ducks down below the makeup table and pops up, in order, as Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe Arbuckle, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Jackie Coogan, all played by themselves.Written by
Just to answer some of the context comments - I saw this in 2003 at Slapticon I (slapstick comedy convention). The film was from a private collection, and hadn't yet been restored / tinted (although it was in fine shape).
At the festival the presenter explained that this was shot likely for a Hollywood party or private audience, not general commercial release. This makes a lot of sense - at the time of its release (1925, **not** the 1921 that IMDb has), Roscoe Arbuckle was still very much banned (even if technically unofficially) from the screen and this film would have gone nowhere commercially. Even without the ban, it's doubtful that audiences would have quietly tolerated his presence in a film since they overwhelmingly believed him guilty (despite having been acquitted of all charges, with an apology from the jury).
Don't know why, but watching it just made me crack up.
It's part of the recently released Arbuckle box, and probably the booklet explains the background; I don't have a copy yet, so I can't say.
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