Oh Doctor!

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Oh Doctor!
Full film
Directed by Fatty Arbuckle
Written by Jean Havez
Joseph Anthony Roach
Starring Fatty Arbuckle
Buster Keaton
Cinematography George Peters
Edited by Herbert Warren
Comique Film Company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • September 30, 1917 (1917-09-30)
Running time
23 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Oh Doctor! is a 1917 American short comedy film directed by and starring Fatty Arbuckle.[2]


As described in Exhibitors Herald, a film magazine,[3] Dr. Fatty Holepoke (Arbuckle) bets all of his money on a horse and loses it. He becomes entangled in the meshes of a vampire (Mann), but when he hears the voice of "his master" (his wife), he finds himself in a serious predicament. With the assistance of a uniform stolen from a policeman, he manages to get away. He tries his luck again with the horses and wins lots of money. However, when he walks down the street wifie relieves him of all of it and leads him home, even though she is half his size.



Like many American films of the time, Oh Doctor! was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut of the scene where a man is pulling a women's skirt up to her knees.[4]

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  1. ^ Knopf, Robert (2 August 1999). The Theater and Cinema of Buster Keaton. Princeton University Press. p. 180. ISBN 978-0-691-00442-6. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Oh Doctor!". silentera.com. Retrieved February 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Reviews: Oh Doctor!". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (17): 27. October 20, 1917. 
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (17): 33. October 20, 1917. 

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