in about 100 words or less
US 24m, B&W, Silent
Director: Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle; Cast: Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Agnes Neilson, Alice Mann
This frantically paced comedy short was probably as fascinating to audiences in 1917 as it is today for its depiction of the amusement park and beach resort at Coney Island. The plot, which sees Fatty and Al pursue Buster’s girlfriend, is largely an excuse for the three to climb, fall, swim and otherwise run madly through the park. Of particular note is Keaton’s character, who is anything but “stoneface”, and Arbuckle’s hilarious dolphin-style swim when attempting to evade St. John (Klaus Ming February 2016).