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  Roscoe Arbuckle (center), Molly Malone and Buster Keaton (third from right).
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Back Stage
Also known as {Backstage}
(1919) American
B&W : Two reels
Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle

Cast: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle (Roscoe Arbuckle) [stagehand], Buster Keaton [stagehand], Al St. John [stagehand], Molly Malone [the strongman’s assistant], John Coogan [a dancer]

Comique Film Corporation production; distributed by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation [Paramount-Arbuckle Comedy]. / Produced by Joseph M. Schenck. Scenario by [?] Roscoe Arbuckle and/or Jean Havez? Presented by Joseph M. Schenck. / © 20 August 1919 by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation [LP14114]. Released 7 September 1919. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. Color-tinted. / The production was shot at the Comique studio in Edendale [Los Angeles], California. Keaton’s first film with Arbuckle after his war service. Reputed to be the first comedy with color tints.


Synopsis: [Motion Picture World, 20 December 1919, page 1013] Burlesque of stage life. Roscoe and Buster do a dance together.

Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Listing updated: 26 January 2015.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Dardis-Keaton pp. 56, 287; Edmonds-Arbuckle pp. 146e, 146f, 265; Kerr-Silent p. 124; Miller-Comedies p. 16 : with additional information provided by Bret Wood.

Home video: DVD.

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