in about 100 words or less
US 26m, B&W, Silent
Director: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle; Cast: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Charles A. Post, Molly Malone, Jack Coogan Sr.
Back Stage is an amusing comedy about three stage hands and a strongman’s assistant (also Arbuckle’s love interest in the film) who put on the show, after the stars go on strike. Much of the film consists of physical stunts, including a falling “house” frame that Keaton would rework in a couple of his later films, most famously in Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928). One of the last comic shorts that Arbuckle and Keaton would do together, Back Stage appears to be both a tribute and lampoon of their vaudeville days (Klaus Ming January 2016).