ROSCOE “FATTY” ARBUCKLE

Vintage 7×9 matte finish black and white chest-up publicity portrait by Melbourne Spurr, signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Jack, the/Banjo-tickler/May you[r] G-string/last a long time./Sincerely/Roscoe Arbuckle/Dec 24th/1927.”  Framed and triple matted in shades of brown to an overall size of 13.25 x 15.25.  The photograph has not been examined outside of the frame, but the visible image is in fine condition, with a few very mild handling bends and the writing penned against the dark fabric of his jacket,readable with moderate contrast.  The frame exhibits a few very light scuffs.  Roscoe Arbuckle was one of the most popular slapstick comics of the early silent screen, frequently appearing opposite Mabel Normand and acting as a mentor to young comic Buster Keaton.  Following a series of trials for rape and manslaughter, which ultimately resulted in his acquittal, Roscoe Arbuckle was effectively banned from film acting for a decade, but made stage appearances in vaudeville and directed under the name William Goodrich. In 1932 he returned to films in a series of two-reel comedies and died of a heart attack the night after signing a contract with Warner Bros. which would have marked his return to feature films.

$1,250