Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle | Coney Island | The Garage

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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle is a Hollywood director and comedy actor, who worked in silent films and early talkies.

Coney Island

Coney Island (1917) is a hilarious short comedy, shot on location at the amusement park at New York's Coney Island. The film opens with some spectacle scenes, which have nothing to do with the plot.

Coney Island has a great gag, where Arbuckle gets the camera man to raise the camera in the bath house. This anticipates Keaton's gag in the bathroom in One Week (1920).

Links to The Red Mill

Arbuckle's comedy feature The Red Mill (1927) has approaches in common with Coney Island:

The Garage

The Garage (1920) is a short comedy set in a combination car-repair garage and fire-fighting station.

The fire poles recall Buster Keaton climbing a pole in Coney Island. Buster actually climbs a fire pole here.

The comedy of heights Arbuckle loves returns at the end, with second story windows, fire-fighters' nets, and telephone wires.

Mechanically moving floors, such as "The Witching Waves" in Coney Island, return with the circular turntable in The Garage.