Life of the Party

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Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's second Paramount feature is light years better than his first, The Round Up. Here, he plays Algernon Leary, a young attorney with no business who receives a big check from a new client, the Milk Trust. But when pretty Milly Hollister (Viora Daniel) come to him to request his services for the Society for Better Babies, he promptly tears up the Milk Trust check. This results in a political battle in which Arbuckle runs for mayor and is opposed by the Milk Trust's good friend, Judge Voris (Frank Campeau). By the end of the picture, Arbuckle has won both the campaign and the girl. The title to this picture, based on a story by Irvin S. Cobb, would sound particularly ironic just ten months after its release -- in September 1921, Arbuckle would throw a wild party in San Francisco and when one of its attendees, starlet Virginia Rappe, died he would be accused of murdering her. Although he was cleared of the charge, the scandal ruined his career. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


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