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Roscoe Arbuckle (center) and
Edgar Kennedy (far right).
Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
Fatty Joins the Force
(1913) American
B&W : One reel
Directed by George Nichols

Cast: Roscoe Arbuckle [Fatty], Dot Farley [Fatty’s wife], Edgar Kennedy [the park cop], Mack Swain [policeman at station house], Minta Durfee

The Keystone Film Company production; distributed by Mutual Film Corporation. / Produced by Mack Sennett. / No copyright registration. Released 24 November 1913. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Working title: Freak Coward. [?] Completed or shipped? on 25 October 1913.


Synopsis: Fatty saves a girl from drowning and is rewarded with a job on the police force. Due to a kids’ prank, Fatty is thought to have drowned, then is thought to be a park crazy man.

Survival status: Print exists [16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Books - Canes - Canoes - Chases - Children - Drowning - Fights - Furniture: Chairs (Rocking) - Hats: Straw - Heroism - Jails - Jobs - Law: Enforcement: Police: Night sticks, Policemen, Police stations, Uniforms - Mourning - Parks: Benches - Pies - Pranks - Rescues - Screen doors - Signage - Sinking boats - Street scenes - Swimming - Swimsuits - Transportation: Streetcars, Trolleys - Water: Lakes

Listing updated: 21 March 2012.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Edmonds-Arbuckle p. 248; Lahue-Kops p. 142; Lahue-Mack p. 293.

Home video: DVD.

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