The Rough House

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The Rough House
Poster to The Rough House
Directed by
Written by
  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • Buster Keaton
  • Joseph Anthony Roach
  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • Buster Keaton
Cinematography Frank D. Williams
Edited by Herbert Warren
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 25, 1917 (1917-06-25)[1]
Running time
22 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Rough House is a 1917 American short comedy film written and directed by and starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.[2] The Rough House was Keaton's first film as a director.



Like many American films of the time, The Rough House was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors cut the scene showing the theft of beads from the film.[3]

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  1. ^ Knopf, Robert (2 August 1999). The theater and cinema of Buster Keaton. Princeton University Press. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-691-00442-6. 
  2. ^ Bennett, Carl (ed.). "Progressive Silent Film List: The Rough House". Silent Era. Retrieved February 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald 5 (7): 33. 11 August 1917. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 

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