the height of his powers, Fatty Arbuckle was one of the most popular movie stars
of his time. He was a prominent member of the Keystone Cops, made films with Charlie
Chaplin, and discovered Buster Keaton who was to become one of the most popular
movie stars of the 1920's and 30's.
Arbuckle's career was ended after he was banned following a charge of manslaughter.
was accused after the death of Virginia Rappe who died after an alleged sexual
assault from the 350 lb star.
juries could not decide on his guilt, however, and he was eventually acquitted
in 1922, but by this time his career was finished. He managed to start directing
again under the pseudonym William Goodrich.
has a selection of public domain comedy which includes black and white silent