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The Vitaphone Comedy Collection Volume One - Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle/Shemp Howard (1932-1934)


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  • Actors: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Shemp Howard
  • Directors: George B. Seitz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 634 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A1AU6VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,633 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle made his triumphant return to comedy in the six sparkling Vitaphone shorts he headlines in this collection, two co-starring Shemp Howard himself. While Fatty’s return was tragically cut short by his untimely passing, another talent was on the rise – Shemp Howard, sporting one unforgettable mug. Witness Shemp’s career path from bit player to chief second banana in the span of two short years. The 18 shorts found in this 2-Disc collection were all shot in Depression Era Brooklyn by the Vitaphone team, providing a magical (and hilarious!) look at a lost time and place.

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Picture and sound are excellent.
Scott MacGillivray
As films, they are rather insane, and often not so much funny as bizarre, but there is a certain fascination in this approach.
Arthur J. Munson
If you're interested in expanding your appreciation of classic screen comedy, you'll want to pick up this great set.
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Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is finally given a chance at a revival after being cleared of any crimes in the San Francisco incident, only to succumb to a heart attack after six films.
The earliest of the Arbuckle comedies look & feel like his old silent comedies, just with a microphone around to capture the sound. Roscoe's physical talent is well presented here. However after just 3 films the Arbuckle comedies start to loose their unique charm and become typical early sound comedies. Shemp makes a brief appearance as a crazy boy in "CLOSE RELATIONS" but gets a substantial role in "IN THE DOUGH" as a gangster's henchman. The DOUGH comedy is a bit hard to watch, the gangsters are too serious and threatening.
One critique about Roscoe's performance in sound films I would make is that he needed a Voice Coach. While his body is living the comedy, his voice is just speaking the lines with no emotion. He does seem to be more at ease with sound as he progresses, one can only wonder what he would have been capable of had his health allowed him.

For the rest of the set we get a mix of comedies & musicals that Shemp makes appearances in. Three Stooges fans may get frustrated because there is not enough Shemp to satisfy, but these are rare performances we fans have not had a good chance to see and are grateful that we now have that chance.

The films run about 21 minutes each (quite long for a comedy short) unless noted.
I have given star ratings to each film. *****= very good down to * = which is just watchable.
Quick reference: Shemp's co-starring roles are in "Salt Water Daffy", "I Scream", "Here Comes Flossie", "Pugs and Kisses", "Corn on the Cop", & "Art Trouble".

Disc #1

ROSCOE "FATTY" ARBUCKLE "BIG V COMEDIES".
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Warner Archive has released all six of Roscoe Arbuckle's talking comedies, filling out the set with 13 Vitaphone shorts featuring (but not starring) Shemp Howard. This is great news for those who enjoy two-reel comedies, and for Three Stooges fans who admire Shemp's improvisational talents. As with most assortments of short subjects, the comedy content varies in style and quality, but the batting average is very good.

The Arbuckle shorts are uneven (in this writer's opinion, two are great, two good, one fair, one disappointing) but Mr. Arbuckle himself is always endearing, enhancing variable slapstick scripts with his pantomime skills, friendly personality, and pleasant baritone speaking voice. His talkie debut, HEY, POP!, is a wonderful two-reeler in which short-order cook Roscoe takes charge of an abandoned boy; Arbuckle blends sentiment and comedy expertly. After the success of this short, Arbuckle became a charter member of Vitaphone's slapstick-comedy brigade and the scripts became situation-based, as Roscoe and company are turned loose in a bakery, a society dinner, a grocery store, a fancy china shop, and so on. HEY, POP! and BUZZIN' AROUND are the most inspired of the Arbuckle shorts, with the other four having their moments. IN THE DOUGH has some dated dialogue humor, as ZaSu Pitts imitator Marie Marion affects a persistent speech impediment, and HOW'VE YOU BEAN? has rubber-limbed vaudeville dancer Fritz Hubert reprising Buster Keaton's role in Arbuckle's THE BUTCHER BOY. Shemp Howard made his earliest short-subject appearances with Arbuckle, playing minor roles (in CLOSE RELATIONS he doesn't even speak).

The balance of this two-DVD set showcases Shemp Howard's rise from silent bit player to full-fledged featured comedian.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Casey62 on August 10, 2013
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Silent film comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is mostly remembered for the scandalous 1921 rape/murder trial in which he was found not guilty. Although fully exonerated, Arbuckle's Hollywood career was ruined for the duration of the '20's, but he made a successful comeback in a string of short comedies produced in Brooklyn by the Vitaphone Corp. in 1932-'33.

The Warner Archive has compiled six Arbuckle shorts in their two disc, Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vol. One. While these films don't quite measure up with Arbuckle's often innovative silent comedies, they still have their moments of masterful slapstick and funny gags that makes them worth checking out.

Of special interest to Three Stooges fans is the appearance of Shemp Howard at the start of his movie career in two Arbuckle shorts, as well as many more he did with other comics. There's a total of nineteen shorts in this collection spanning from 1932-'34.

The quality of this DVD-R is A-1, appearing to have been sourced from beautiful 35mm nitrate prints. If you're interested in expanding your appreciation of classic screen comedy, you'll want to pick up this great set.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur J. Munson on May 18, 2013
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Roscoe Arbuckle got his film start working for Mack Sennett, whose comedy style was broad, frenetic and anarchic. Arbuckle did not move as far from these roots as Buster Keaton did, and this is still evident in the Arbuckle talkies. As films, they are rather insane, and often not so much funny as bizarre, but there is a certain fascination in this approach. If you like the path that Laurel & Hardy took with their talkies in which they became increasingly refined, then Arbuckle is not for you, but if you are interested in watching broad characterizations and roughhouse comedy expertly performed, then you will have some fun here. The stories don't always make sense, and the action is sometimes painful, but this collection is a valuable time capsule of a style of comedy that echoes even into the present day.
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