Актеры: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (as Dr. Fatty Holepoke), Buster Keaton (as Junior Holepoke), Al St. John (as Gambler), Alice Mann (as Vamp), Alice Lake (as Maid)
Описание: Roscoe is a doctor who falls in love with a pretty patient who, in turn, falls in love with Roscoe's wife's jewelry.
Рецензии: Considered a missing film until quite recently, OH DOCTOR! marked the fifth collaboration between Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. The surviving print apparently turned up in Norway, which might account for the somewhat awkward English in the re-translated intertitles, but no matter; this is an exciting and fascinating find for silent comedy buffs, and an offbeat film in many respects. Not hilarious, but novel and highly enjoyable in its own way, and of course a real treat for fans of the two stars.
Those who've seen Arbuckle's other surviving Paramount "Comique" two-reelers will notice right away that OH DOCTOR! is plot-driven to a degree unusual for this series. In some of the other films it seems as though the guys started shooting with only enough material for a one-reeler, then had to switch gears midway through and come up with a whole new storyline. (You find that in some of the lesser Sennett comedies, too, often in the form of weird hybrid professions for the lead comic: barber/jailer, sheriff/photographer, etc.) But for OH DOCTOR! screenwriter Jean Havez provided a strong storyline, and while there may well have been some gags improvised along the way, director Arbuckle and his crew clearly stuck to the script for the most part. Most of the laughs derive not from slapstick or pratfalls-- although you'll find a fair amount of roughhouse here --but from the situation. OH DOCTOR! is basically a sitcom with strong farcical overtones, and that alone makes it unusual among Arbuckle & Keaton's output from this early period together.
More striking still is Buster's anything-but-deadpan performance as Roscoe's obnoxious son. He wears a sort of modified Buster Brown outfit, and plays much younger than his actual age (only 21!) at the time the film was made. Although Buster can be glimpsed smiling, laughing and weeping in some of the other collaborations with Arbuckle, right up to THE GARAGE (1920), their last film together, he really mugs up a storm in OH DOCTOR!, sobbing with particular enthusiasm in almost every scene. Then again, he has good reason to cry, for in "Dr. Holepoke" he has one mean daddy here. From the very first scene, Roscoe is hostile to his son, deliberately sticking him with a pin, kicking him, pushing him over a table, etc. Yes this is a comedy, and the kid is presented as a brat, and maybe we're all too self-conscious about this stuff now, but we have to wonder which came first: the brattiness or the slapping and punching?
In a larger sense, it's striking that Roscoe Arbuckle, who was a top comedy star in 1917, allowed himself to portray such an unattractive character as he plays in OH DOCTOR!, and that audiences loved him anyway [up to a point, that is]. In addition to all the aggression towards his son, Roscoe's "Dr. Holepoke" is chilly towards his wife, flirts openly with a dark-eyed vamp at the race track (where he also brusquely snatches his wife's binoculars away), squanders his family's money on a losing horse, deliberately crashes his car into a crowd of pedestrians so he can distribute his business card among them, gets tipsy with the race track vamp in her apartment, and then, for the finale, steals cash from a bookie joint while impersonating a cop, stuffing wads of bills into his clothing. In the final shot, when Mrs. Holepoke kicks her husband, he kicks her back.
Well, despite all of the above, when this movie is over we still like Roscoe Arbuckle. He was funny and sympathetic, and even when his character acts like a jerk somehow his own likability as a performer survives. Arbuckle had a star quality all his own, and it lasted until his luck ran out. But it's still apparent in OH DOCTOR!, and we can be grateful that this highly unusual and entertaining film has been rediscovered.