The Butcher Boy (1917 film)
|The Butcher Boy|
|Directed by||Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle|
|Produced by||Joseph M. Schenck|
|Written by||Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle
Joseph Anthony Roach
|Starring||Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle
Al St. John
Luke the Dog
|Cinematography||Frank D. Williams|
|Edited by||Herbert Warren|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Butcher Boy is a 1917 American short comedy film starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. This was the first in Arbuckle’s series of films with the Comique Film Corporation, and Keaton’s film debut.
The story involves Arbuckle working as the butcher boy in a country store. He falls in love with the cashier, who is the daughter of the store owner. He follows her, disguised as a female cousin, to an all-girl boarding school.
- Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle – Fatty / Saccharine (as ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle)
- Buster Keaton – Buster
- Al St. John – Alum
- Josephine Stevens – Almondine
- Arthur Earle – The Manager
- Joe Bordeaux – Accomplice (as Joe Bordeau)
- Luke the Dog
- Charles Dudley – (uncredited)
- Alice Lake – (uncredited)
- Agnes Neilson – Miss Teachem (uncredited)
A contemporary Variety review indicates the film was well-received, stating: “The Comique Film Co.’s series of Arbuckle two-reelers starts off with Fatty shaking out a bag of laugh making tricks. The cast fits the star, and not the least important member is ‘Luke,’ the bull terrier. It is a wonder. Arbuckle’s juggling with the accessories of the country store where he is an important factor, also his way of handling the feminine clothes worn in his visit to the girl’s boarding school, is done in such a serious, earnest way the comic effect is all the more forceful… The first of the Arbuckle series has set a good mark to aim at. While there is some slapstick, the comedy is recommended.”
- “The Butcher Boy” (film review) in Variety Weekly. April 20, 1917.
- Corliss, Richard. (2001) That Old Feeling: Fatty and Buster at Time online.
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