Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle [cover title: Fatty]

By: Fine, Gerald

Price: $30.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good+

[light wear at corners and along spine, minor creasing to rear cover]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) Though described as a "novel" on the front cover (and while certainly indulging in plenty of novelistic invention of dialogue, etc.), this paperback original can lay claim to being the first serious book-length examination of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's infamous 1921 rape-murder trial, pre-dating David Yallop's excellent "The Day the Laughter Stopped" by five years. The book's most interesting angle is the degree to which it is informed by the viewpoint of actress Minta Durfee -- described by the author as Arbuckle' s "widow," although she and the comedian had actually divorced in 1925 -- who gave the author access to her memories and memorabilia. (The author, who had already essentially completed his research before meeting Minta, admits in his introduction that she "turned everything around" by providing "the story of the man himself.") [The front cover of the book, incidentally, proclaims it a "Runaway Best Seller" with a "one million first printing" -- a laughable claim on both counts, especially in light of its current scarcity.]

Title: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle [cover title: Fatty]

Author: Fine, Gerald

Categories: Cinema: Biography,

Edition: 1st printing

Publisher: [n.p.], [No Publisher Stated]: (c.1971)

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Seller ID: 17062

Keywords: Roscoe Arbuckle Murder Trials Hollywood Scandals Silent Films Cinema: Biography