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The Butcher Boy (1917) was a Silent Films - Comedy Film directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and produced by Joseph M. Schenck.

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Fatty: [to Alum] Try not to snort while you're slurping.


Fatty: [continuously chops a piece of meat that weighs the same due to his leaning on the scale] I must be losing my touch. This is a heavy pound of beef.


Fatty: [filling up Buster's molasses bucket, he walks off with it] Aren't you forgetting something?
[the quarter]
Buster: [points to the bucket] It's in there.


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Like all the Arbuckle/Keaton shorts, filmed without a script. The cast and crew just took a premise and ad-libbed until they were satisfied with the results.
Buster Keaton's first scene during the flour fight was done all in one take; he later learned he was the only actor who ever did his first scene in his first film in a single take.
Buster Keaton, whose vaudeville work Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle had sometimes lifted gags from, was invited by to watch the filming. He was recruited on the spot and thus began not only Keaton's film career but a successful cinematic partnership.
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Also directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle




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Also produced by Joseph M. Schenck




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Also released in 1917




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