Fatty Arbuckle and the Morality Police

Loren Kantor
Picture Palace
Published in
5 min readMar 21, 2024

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Woodcut of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. (Artwork by author)

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was one of America’s first silent film stars dominating the industry from 1914–1920. Despite his obesity, he was graceful and acrobatic and a talented dancer. He was a purveyor of the pie-in-the-face slapstick routine that came to embody early silents. He portrayed a country hayseed struggling in the big city, co-starring in several films with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

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Loren Kantor
Picture Palace

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.