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    Love (Paramount, 1919). One Sheet (28" X 42").
    Agile for a large man, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's loveable nature and gift for physical comedy made him one of Hollywood's most beloved stars. But a scandal surrounding the death of starlet Virginia Rappe ruined his career. Following a party thrown by Arbuckle, Rappe fell ill and died. Allegations of rape were levied against Arbuckle, and three manslaughter trials were held, the first two ending in mistrials and the third in acquittal. Although cleared of any wrong-doing in a court of law, Arbuckle was vilified in the court of public opinion thanks to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. With the help of a few supportive friends, Arbuckle was able to find work as a director in Hollywood under a pseudonym, but his career as a leading man of comedy was finished. In 1933 he staged a brief comeback by appearing in a series of shorts for Paramount. But sadly, Fatty would never fully enjoy his rediscovered fame. The day after signing a feature length contract with Paramount, he died in his sleep at the age of 46. This exceedingly rare sheet from the heyday of Arbuckle's career had a tear that ran the length of the left border and image area, and small chips in the right and left borders and top left corner. Thanks to immaculate restoration, this sheet is now a delight to behold and serves as a fitting tribute to one of the most brilliant comedic personalities of a generation. Fine- on Linen.


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