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The Rough House (1917)

Roscoe, his wife and his mother-in-law run a seaside resort. Buster plays a gardener who puts out a fire started by Roscoe, then a delivery boy who fights with the cook St. John, then a cop.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Mr Rough
Al St. John ... Cook
Buster Keaton ... Gardener / Delivery Boy / Cop
Alice Lake ... Mrs Rough
Agnes Neilson Agnes Neilson ... Mother-in-Law
Glen Cavender
Josephine Stevens Josephine Stevens ... Maid
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Living under the same roof with his newly-wed wife and his mother-in-law, a careless Mr Rough sets the nuptial bedroom on fire, as the residence's cook tries to woo the maid who only has eyes for the charming delivery boy. As one thing leads to another, Mr Rough ends up preparing dinner for a pair of duplicitous guests, when, clearly, he should be staying out of the kitchen. Does Mrs Rough know the visitors' true intentions? But, above all, how will this disastrous dinner party at the Rough house end? Written by Nick Riganas

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A Vast, Fast, and Exciting Comedy!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det forrykte Hus See more »

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Comique Film Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Too random
4 August 2015 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

Watching The Rough House and other independent Arbuckle shorts, I am reminded of the sort of films I made with my friends when I was in junior high and high school. Weird, plot-less things where being funny and acting strange reigned over any sense of story or coherence. It's obvious watching these films that everyone involved in their making was having a great time, barely able to keep themselves from cracking up in the middle of a take.

However, The Rough House is not among Arbuckle's better efforts due to this meandering. Much of the short is a flurry of people hitting, kicking, shouting, and falling over. The best moments come in when the comedy comes from the characters, such as the lazy Arbuckle nonchalantly trying to put out the fire raging on his bed from a cigarette butt he dropped or the jealous cook played by Al St. John overreacting to the comely maid flirting with a delivery boy played by Buster Keaton in his second film appearance. Everything else is underwhelming, even random.


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