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4.0 out of 5 stars The whole Truth?, 2 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: The Day the Laughter Stopped: True Story Behind the Fatty Arbuckle Scandal (Paperback)
I had read this book some years go and re-visited it recently. It gives a very convincing account of the Arbuckle affair but it is difficult to believe that there were no 'goings on' at the Labour Day party. Here we had a bunch of rich, young people (pop stars of their day) partying , by their own admission, on illicit booze and possibly other stuff, and seemingly dressed in pygamas! I do not believe that people's recollections of a drunken party could be so accurately recounted some time after the event, with precise times of what occurred and when. Try it sometime when you've had a few drinks! Also I am not too sure that Virginia Rappe in her supposed dire medical condition would have attended such a party. I don't mean that she was not there she would have been relatively healthy to take up the invitation. There seems to be no apparent reason for Maude Delmont's vindictive attempts to expose Arbuckle's involvement except a possible blackmail attempt. The account of the trials is very interesting and well researched, mostly from legal documentation assembled at the time, and does show that Arbuckle's predicament was used as a scapegoat for Hollywoods ills in those days. One wonders if Arbuckle, despite his phenominal appeal, would have wrested the comedy throne from Chaplin. Judging by the primitivity of his remaining films it seems unlikely. It is along time now after the events and perhaps we will never know the answers. For anyone interested in silent cinema the book gives a good insight into what those times might have been like and I would recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST, 21 Mar. 2014
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I'VE BEEN AFTER THIS BOOK FOR YEARS, BUT DID NOT WANT TO PAY £80 FOR THE HARDBACK, DELIGHTED TO FIND THIS PAPERBACK AND AM ALREADY HALFWAY THROUGH IT, WHAT A CRACKING READ, ANYBODY WITH THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST IN THE SILENT ERA WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK , ALTHOUGH THE SUBJECT MATTER IS VERY FRUSTRATING.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Feb. 2015
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Intereseting book and ahows the power that the media had in ruining someone's career
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