Fatty Arbuckle Commits “A Flirt’s Mistake”

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One hundred years ago today, Mack Sennett’s Keystone released the hilarious comedy A Flirt’s Mistake, directed by George Nichols. The titular “flirt” is of course, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, who compulsively annoys every woman he sees, much to the ire of his wife (Minta Durfee). His “mistake” is thinking a mysterious Eastern “rajah” (Edgar Kennedy) is a woman, due to his beautiful hat and robes, disposing Fatty to come on to him. Violence results, some of it from the rajah, some of it from the Mrs. Here is a clip:

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To find out more about show business past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. 

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