Fatty Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe


There’s a fascinating report on the Alternative Film Guide blog on the Fatty Arbuckle manslaughter case.

Film researcher Joan Myers has been re-investigating the notorious case of 1921, when the hugely popular film comedian Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle was accused first of the rape and then of the manslaughter of minor actress and model Virginia Rappe, after an archetypal Hollywood ‘wild party’. Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, after a lurid trial, but his reputation was left in ruins, and his career as a star comedian was over. The case has been pored over for decades, and one might think that little remains to be discovered, but Joan Myers has found much new material, simply by looking more at the Virginia Rappe side of the story. She is still researching and writing, so the interview with her doesn’t give too much away, but there’s more than enough there to realise that we have not heard the last of Arbuckle trial.