Silent Movie Time Capsule: The aftermath of the Fatty Arbuckle scandal


I was reading through 1927 issues of Photoplay magazine (as one does) and I came across a capsule review for the Marion Davies vehicle The Red Mill.

Here is the interesting part of the review:

Here is a fairly amusing comedy with the star giving a cheery performance of the Holland hoyden. Incidentally, the direction is the work of William Goodrich, who is no other than Fatty Arbuckle under his newer megaphone cognomen.

You see, I always had the impression that Arbuckle’s William Goodrich years were an open secret among Hollywood folks but not known to the general public. The scandal that destroyed his career was a doozy (although the poor man was almost surely innocent). However, here is a mainstream entertainment magazine trumpeting the new identity.

You learn something new every day.


4 Replies to “Silent Movie Time Capsule: The aftermath of the Fatty Arbuckle scandal”

  1. The Fatty Arbuckle story went on and on. Now I wonder if after I thought he did, then I thought he didn’t, if maybe now I think something happened? Hard to sort this kind of thing out – everyone seemed to have a reason for the story they told.

    1. Thanks so much!
      The Fatty name is a quandary it is the only name 90% of the public knows and it is often mentioned when referring to Hollywood scandal. I chose to use it in this article because it would be most easily recognized by the reading public. If it were a longer article, I probably would have touched in the Roscoe-not-Fatty issue but this was just a little tidbit. It’s a similar case with Joan Crawford: She despised her stage name but it would be impractical to refer to her as Lucille “Billie” LeSueur.

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