Room 1219

Room 1219

The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood

Book - 2013
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Part biography, part true crime narrative, this book chronicles the improbable rise and stunning fall of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle from his early big screen success to his involvement in actress Virginia Rappe's death, and the resulting irreparable damage to his career. It describes how during the course of a rowdy three-day party hosted by the comedian in a San Francisco hotel, Rappe became fatally ill, and Arbuckle was subsequently charged with manslaughter. Ultimately acquitted after three trials, neither his career nor his reputation ever recovered from this devastating incident. Relying on a careful examination of documents, the book finally reveals what most likely occurred that Labor Day weekend in 1921 in that fateful hotel room. In addition, it covers the evolution of the film industry--from the first silent experiments to the connection between Arbuckle's scandal and the implementation of industry-wide censorship that altered the course of Hollywood filmmaking for five decades.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois :, Chicago Review Press,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781613747926
Branch Call Number: 791.43028092 ARB NVD
Characteristics: xi, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Room twelve nineteen


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Apr 27, 2014

I'm not interested in the case against Roscoe Arbuckle, but this well-written and well-paced book effectively weaves in the history of the silent film era and kept me hooked.

Oct 06, 2013

Finally a book that tells the real story about what went on in the hotel in San Francisco. No Coke bottle, no rape and it was not murder. Mr. Arbuckle lost everything because of this and to read what really happened is a sad story.

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