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The Butcher Boy


The Butcher Boy Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton (1º movie!!!) IMDB: This Fatty Arbuckle short feature is a historical treasure in that it was the first film appearance of the great Buster Keaton, and it has some decent slapstick too. Runtime: 30 min Country: USA Language: English Color: Black and White (tinted) Sound Mix: Silent

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The Butcher Boy is a 1917 in film American short comedy film starring Roscoe 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 Arbuckle - Fatty / Saccharine (as 'Fatty' Arbuckle)
  • Buster Keaton - Buster
  • Alfred 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)

Critical response

A contemporary Variety (magazine) 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."

See also

  • List of American films of 1917
  • Fatty Arbuckle filmography
  • Buster Keaton filmography


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