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10 thoughts on “Frame-Up!: The Untold Story of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle

  1. says:

    Andy Edmonds basically pillages Yallop, adding very little, if any, of her own research This is a shame because if one story is crying out for thorough investigation, it s that of Roscoe Arbuckle I can only hope that a better book is coming.


  2. says:

    Andy Edmonds book about Roscoe Arbuckle s murder trial during the 1920s is an exceptional read for fans of the silent movie era Not only does it include information about Arbuckle s life before and after the trial, but it includes details provided from those who knew him best including his wives and the wife of Buster Keaton.Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle was one of the most beloved silent movie comedians of his time His popularity soared before Chaplin or Keaton had really made it on their own Children loved him for his wonderful prat falls and large physical presence, and adults loved him for his sweetness and his ability to make anyone laugh That all changed when a small time actress and well known prostitute Virginia Rappe died at a party thrown by Arbuckle Her death was called murder, and Arbuckle was accused of having raped the girl so brutally that he ruptured her bladder in the process The media turned the trial into a frenzy, making Arbuckle the scapegoat of Hollywood, in turn leading to the implementation of the Hays Office.What this book fails to do is entirely convince the reader that there was a pre conceived conspiracy against Arbuckle Edmonds makes a fool proof plea for the comedian s innocence of the crime he was charged with, further supporting the acquittal with hindsight, but she does not provide enough evidence to prove her assertion that the party in San Francisco was all a set up Still, it is a fascinating read on one of the most damaging events in the actor s life.


  3. says:

    I loved this book Found it so easy to read I loved the author s style so much that I went ahead and bought his other book Hot Toddy He was able to break down a very complicated scandal with very complicated relationships and make it easy to follow He did a lot of research and uncovered new evidence that I think proves his theory He was able to interview Minta Durfee I thought he showed respect to Roscoe and really let you know who Roscoe was Both good and bad I highly recommend this book Especially as an intro to Roscoe s life and the details of the trial.


  4. says:

    A really great read, combining the best features of a Hollywood bio and a true crime story, all taken straight from the most direct sources available The author does a great job of compressing 3 murder trials into just a few pertinent pages without boring you to death with repetition and irrelevancies Also gives you a very clear sense of the temper of the times Arbuckle s life story would be well worth the read even if he had never gone to court for anything.


  5. says:

    Several decades ago I found myself talking to someone named Arbuckle Uncommon name, I thought, so I took a shot Related to Fatty by any chance Yes, indeed, she was Fortified by the ignorance of youth, I ventured an opinion that he must have weighed a ton to kill that poor victim with his sheer weight The vehemence with which she rose to his defense still rings in my ears a good and decent man, totally innocent, railroaded Respecting family loyalty as much if not than most, I figured, Good for you But my wholly uninformed opinion that the guy was guilty remained unchanged Andy Edmonds wants you to know, if you couldn t guess from her exclamatory title, that Roscoe Arbuckle didn t do it Truth be told, it s not an especially well written book No footnotes, no bibliography, unsourced speculation And legal wrangling which is what the book is ultimately about is a bit beyond her grasp Still, it s a quick read and there s no reason to think her biographical sketch of Arbuckle is inaccurate All but abandoned by a scummy, abusive father, essentially orphaned at 12 and fending for himself when his mother died Amazingly resilient, he rose to the very top of the nascent film industry, rivaling Chaplin for popularity and wealth, before it all crashed down in a San Francisco hotel So, then, what about Virginia Rappe s death She likely died of either complications from an abortion or a pre existing illness Arbuckle didn t kill her, but an overly ambitious prosecutor, relying on highly questionable witness statements and not much else, sought to try him for murder Why let the absence of adequate proof stand in the way of career advancement Eventually, trial was held on a manslaughter charge The first jury hung 10 2 for acquittal, the second, 10 2 for conviction Arbuckle thus missed a prison sentence by a hair Edmonds supposition for the different jury reactions is that Arbuckle testified at the 1st trial but not the 2nd Maybe, but I don t exactly trust her judgment, which isn t to say that I have a different and better theory Third time was the charm Not only did the jury return a verdict of acquittal in what must be record time Edmonds says less than 5 minutes wikipedia, 6 , but most of that brief time was spent composing a relatively lengthy statement In part Acquittal is not enough for Roscoe Arbuckle We feel that a great injustice has been done him We feel also that it was only our plain duty to give him this exoneration, under the evidence, for there was not the slightest proof adduced to connect him in any way with the commission of a crime He was manly throughout the case and told a straightforward story on the witness stand, which we all believed The happening at the hotel was an unfortunate affair for which Arbuckle, so the evidence shows, was in no way responsible We wish him success and hope that the American people will take the judgment of fourteen men and woman who have sat listening for thirty one days to evidence, that Roscoe Arbuckle is entirely innocent and free from all blame That s not the end of the story, not quite As Edmonds sensationalistic title suggests, she wants you to think that he was framed by Adolph Zukor, the dour and avaricious owner of Arbuckle s studio, who resented Arbuckle s steep contract, his independence Edmonds offers little but wild speculation It is certainly true that Zukor had all the leverage, Arbuckle none and that Zukor than anyone else was responsible for refusing to allow Arbuckle back on his feet William J Mann tells this story marvelously, as an important sidelight to unraveling the mystery of the murder of director William Desmond Taylor, in Tinseltown But this was a function of Zukor s fear over the rising cries for censorship Arbuckle s misfortune was one of timing Taylor s murder, along with the drug deaths of other celebrities caused a national furor over Hollywood s impact on morals The death of starlet Rappe, under at least questionable circumstances, with intimations of an alcohol and drug fueled orgy, added quite a bit of tinder to the censorship fire.Edmonds does add a detail which she says is based on her personal interviews Unsourced, to be sure first hand witnesses who knows And so this detail is highly suspect, nonetheless it is that while horsing around with Rappe, Arbuckle s knee reflexively shot up into her abdomen Perhaps that s what caused her fatal internal injury Edmonds says, and it s incontestable, that that wouldn t have been a criminal act Regardless, Arbuckle presided over a 2 day party during most of which Rappe lay in utter agony True, they summoned medical help, which was absolutely abominable But perhaps, had he and they been in something less than an alcohol haze, help would have sought aggressively Doesn t make Arbuckle guilty of a crime, but it does make him guilty of poor judgment Nonetheless, I owe his relation an apology.


  6. says:

    An excellent biography of Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle and the manslaughter trial It is also a fascinating look at the early film industry Arbuckle, whose name survives mainly through the scandal he was associated with, was the victim of pure evil The circumstantial evidence strongly suggests that Adolph Zukor set Arbuckle up but the setup went awry when party girl, prostitute and part time actress Virginia Rappe died from a botched abortion complicated by an infection from venereal disease.Though Zukor set the scandal in motion the true villain was Matthew Brady, San Francisco district attorney, who was out to make a name for himself for political aspirations and committed all manner of crimes in trying to convict Arbuckle.Though there were plenty of bad actors in setting up Arbuckle Fred Fischbach, Maude Delmont, etc the triumvirate of evil doers is completed by Helen Hubbard, the lone jury vote for conviction at the first trial, who had her mind made up long before the trial had ever started She obviously lied to be impaneled on the jury and refused to hear the evidence that would have clearly absolved Arbuckle of any wrongdoing Via the convenience of the Internet one can now conveniently view his films He was a heavy man who was very agile and athletic and light on his feet In his talkies made during his comeback in the early 1930s, he exhibits a superb talking voice and made a smooth transition from silent to sound film Had he lived he would have had a fine career in talkies One discovers in the book that Arbuckle had a very fine singing voice as a tenor, and it was recommended that her pursue a career in opera It shows.Arbuckle himself comes across as a very kind, decent and generous human being and books like this 4 and 5 generations later remind the world of that.


  7. says:

    I recently read I, Fatty and Wolves at the Door This is probably the best book of the 3, but unfortunately still lacking as it presents a slanted perspective Much of the information comes from interviews with Minta Durfee Arbuckle Roscoe s first wife You will find that they generally agree with events in I, Fatty, but from Minta s perspective If the other books and material can be believed, her perspective is also a bit slanted Serious folks will probably read multiple accounts as I did, but if you are only going to read one book, I recommend this one It would be great if the multiple accounts could be reconciled and presented chronologically with the various points of view Unfortunately, even then you wouldn t get the full story While the author certainly has a point of view and identifies support for that position, this book still has plenty of facts to make it a worthwhile read My tendency is to agree with Mr Edmond s point of view.


  8. says:

    After all these years, you still can find people who believe the scandalous and false notion that Fatty Arbuckle raped Virginia Rappe, killing her in the process This skillfully researched and nicely written account of the actual events and the three trials an innocent man was put through thoroughly debunks those lies and smears It is a must read for anyone who is interested in Arbuckle, early silent comedy, and the ruthless side of of the men who ruled Hollywood in the teens and twenties.


  9. says:

    Good book about the Roscoe Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe case.


  10. says:

    i like the whole dirty hollywood thing they seemed so interesting then when they weren t so worried about the craft.


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