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The Butcher Boy (1917)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 23 April 1917 (USA)
Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

Writers:

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (story), Joseph Anthony Roach (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Fatty / Saccharine (as 'Fatty' Arbuckle)
Buster Keaton ... Buster
Al St. John ... Alum
Josephine Stevens Josephine Stevens ... Almondine
Arthur Earle Arthur Earle ... The Manager
Joe Bordeaux Joe Bordeaux ... Accomplice (as Joe Bordeau)
Luke the Dog Luke the Dog
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Storyline

Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mészárosfiú See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Comique Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Buster Keaton's first scene during the flour fight was done all in one take; he later learned he was the only actor who ever did his first scene in his first film in a single take. See more »

Goofs

Buster drops a bucket of molasses on the floor, but as soon as he leaves the store both the bucket and the molasses puddle are gone. See more »

Quotes

Title card: Buster wants some molasses.
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Featured in The Great Buster (2018) See more »

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Buster Keaton's Debut
20 August 2018 | by SendiTolverSee all my reviews

Although Fatty Arbuckle was already huge star by 1917 when this film was released, 'The Butcher Boy's historical value lies in the fact that it marked as the film debut of no other than the all magnificent Buster Keaton. He played supporting role, but still managed to show off some off his amazing comedic stunt skills while somersaulting through door or climbing on the shelf.

The film is pretty mediocre slapstick stuff without inventiveness and with very few actually hilarious moments. Still, it is entertaining enough to not feel bored.


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