Mabel Normand, Roscoe Arbuckle, and Luke the Dog

Being snowed in for days straight has some advantages, and watching good old classic films is one of them. “Fatty and Mabel Adrift” is a short silent film from 1916, and was considered one of the best of its genre. Fatty (Roscoe Arbuckle), a farm boy, has married his sweetheart Mabel (Mabel Normand) and goes on a honeymoon to a beach-side cottage along with Luke the dog. During the night at high tide his rival sets the cottage adrift, and when they wake up they are surrounded by water.

Roscoe Arbuckle (he never liked the name “Fatty”) was one of the highest paid actors of his time and was known as the person who discovered Bob Hope and Buster Keaton. His name, sadly, will always be associated with the first major Hollywood scandal, as he had been implicated in the death of starlet Virginia Rappe. William Randolph Hearst boasted that the story sold more newspapers than the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. Even though he was acquitted and given an unheard-of full apology by the courts, his career was in ruin. Arbuckle was a larger-than-life multi-talented entertainer, generous to all who new him, and even a bit shy at times.

You can check out some of Roscoe’s films on YouTube.

The medium for this drawing is pen and ink, with Photoshop coloration and effects.

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