|THE LIFE OF THE PARTY (director: Joseph Henabery; screenwriters: story by Irving S. Cobb/Walter Woods; cinematographer: Karl Brown; cast: Roscoe Arbuckle (Algernon Leary), Winifred Greenwood (Mrs. Carraway), Frank Campeau (Judge Voris), Roscoe Karns (Sam Perkins), Julia Faye (French Kate), Jake (Allen Connor), Bolton (Frederick Starr), Clay (Ben Lewis ), Viora Daniel (Milly Hollister); Runtime: 50; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jesse L. Lasky; Paramount; 1920-silent-B&W)|
|"A very good 2 reeler silent
comedy starring Fatty Arbuckle."
by Dennis Schwartz
very good 2 reeler silent comedy starring Fatty
Arbuckle. Director Joseph Henabery ("Haunted
House"/"Lives in Peril"/"World's Fair Junior") offers
efficient execution of the slapstick. It's based on a
story by Irving S. Cobb and is written by Walter
is the insecure rookie lawyer trying to impress
everyone he's a big-time lawyer. When the socialite
activist for the poor, the chairman for the
Better Babies League, Winifred Greenwood,
decides to fight the powerful Milk Trust because of
its profiteering, she hires Roscoe Arbuckle to take on
the Milk Trust. Despite already taking a $5,000
retainer from the Milk Trust, Fatty takes the case
when he eyes the attractive Viora Daniel with the
League chairman. When Fatty defends the cause in
court, the League enlists him to run as the reform
mayor against the unscrupulous Judge (Frank
Campeau). The Judge is bought off by the
Milk Trust. He's also, unknown to Fatty, engaged to
Viora. The Judge is the establishment's choice to be
the next mayor.
attending a costume party, whereby the adults dress as
children, given by the League chairperson, the lawyer
is mugged walking home after the party during a
snowstorm and loses his overcoat. But this works out
to his benefit, as the Judge and his cohorts were
setting a trap for the lawyer when he returned to his
apartment by having a hooker (Julia Faye)
waiting there to be photographed.
concludes with Fatty winning the election, milk prices
going down and the Lawyer marrying Viora.
film was released before the infamous scandal that
unfairly ruined Arbuckle's career.
REVIEWED ON 10/21/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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