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This 1919 film featured Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, and Luke the Dog and their adventures at the post office/general store/social hall.

A multiple-choice quiz by ubermom. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
ubermom
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
320,616
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
153
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1. Buster parks the buggy outside the general store and treats us to a gag we also see in "The Bell Boy" (1918). What does he do? Hint

He flips out of the buggy over the horse and into the street.
He oils the horse's joints with an oil can.
He is walking along, helping the horse pull the buggy.
He falls off the back of the buggy.

2. Fatty serves as postmaster. We first see him laden with mail, heading out to make his deliveries. Who does he take with him? Hint

Luke the Dog
Al
Buster
The boss

3. Fatty has a unique way of delivering the mail: He just tosses the letters from the buggy as he drives by, and they miraculously fly right through the letter slots on the mailboxes. But one huge envelope gives him trouble when it won't go in. How does Fatty deal with this problem? Hint

He tears the envelope into pieces and stuffs the pieces through the slot.
He pries the slot open big enough to put the envelope through.
He folds the envelope and squishes it flat by stepping on it.
He knocks the front off the mailbox.

4. After delivering the large envelope, Fatty spots some flowers, which he picks for his girl. But they never get to her, because Fatty uses them for an on-the-spot funeral. What does he bury in the grave he bedecks with the flowers? Hint

A parcel he dropped and ran over by accident
His empty wallet
A fly he had just swatted
An empty whiskey bottle

5. Fatty stops to visit his girl, Fanny, played by Molly Malone. What game do they play? Hint

Jump rope
Patty cake
Hide and seek
Tag

6. Fatty's game with his girl gets interrupted by the arrival of the constable, who is Fatty's love rival. Fatty returns to the store/post office, where he starts sorting a huge bag of mail. One piece of mail in particular deserves special mention. What is it? Hint

A letter insured for $300
A big, lumpy envelope
An enormous package
A small but oddly-shaped package

7. While Fatty is busy drilling holes in the cheese, the constable sneaks in and steals something from the interesting piece of mail. Who witnesses the theft? Hint

Luke the Dog
Nobody
Fanny
Buster

8. Fanny comes to visit Fatty. When she sees a lady customer showing off a huge engagement ring, Fanny sadly shows Fatty her ringless fingers and asks if he'd buy her such a ring if he could afford it. Fatty can't afford the real thing, but he does order a ring for Fanny out of a catalog. What does he enclose in the envelope to ensure that the ring will be the right size? Hint

A slice of cheese
A candle
A loop of string
A pickle

9. In the evening the store is turned into a dance hall. Fatty and Buster arrive, dressed up for the dance, only to get knocked over when the constable throws his dance partner at them. After some acrobatic dancing by Buster, Fatty, and the unnamed woman, it's time for entertainment. What does Buster do? Hint

He dances.
He makes a rabbit appear and disappear.
He plays the ukulele.
He runs Luke the Dog through some tricks.

10. The constable does his dance routine, then it's time for Fatty to sing. His performance is going over so well that the constable can't bear it. He leaps up and falsely accuses Fatty of stealing. Why do all of Fatty's friends turn their backs on him? Hint

Because he had given Fanny such an expensive-looking ring, they think he must have committed a robbery
Because the constable had planted the stolen goods on him
Because he had been the only one with access to the mail bag
Because he has such bad breath


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Buster parks the buggy outside the general store and treats us to a gag we also see in "The Bell Boy" (1918). What does he do?

Answer: He oils the horse's joints with an oil can.

The inter-title tells us "Buster has a stable job with the general-store-post-office-and-community-center." The job being in the stable, or of the stable, naturally. Buster pulls up outside Grimes General Store, featuring a sign, "Don't go to the city to be cheated -- Buy here."

In "The Bell Boy" it's Al St. John who oils the horse. Buster helps the horse to pull the wagon in "Cops" (1922). Buster falls off other conveyances in other movies, but not off the buggy in this one.
2. Fatty serves as postmaster. We first see him laden with mail, heading out to make his deliveries. Who does he take with him?

Answer: Luke the Dog

For some unexplained reason, Buster is standing on the horse's hips when Fatty emerges from the store. Buster tumbles over backward, landing on Fatty and triggering a mail fight. The boss comes out and breaks up the fight, and Fatty goes on his way. Luke runs after him, and Fatty reaches back to haul him into the buggy.

Luke belonged to Roscoe's wife, Minta Dufree. She'd been given the dog by director Wilfred Lucas in 1914 as a bonus for performing a particularly grueling stunt in a film for Mack Sennett at Keystone Studios. She named the dog after Lucas.
3. Fatty has a unique way of delivering the mail: He just tosses the letters from the buggy as he drives by, and they miraculously fly right through the letter slots on the mailboxes. But one huge envelope gives him trouble when it won't go in. How does Fatty deal with this problem?

Answer: He tears the envelope into pieces and stuffs the pieces through the slot.

The mail was made to sail through the slots the same way Al St. John was made to catch a knife in his teeth in "The Rough House" (1917) -- by using a thread to yank the item out, then running the film backward. Of course, ripping the envelope to bits didn't require any special effects at all.
4. After delivering the large envelope, Fatty spots some flowers, which he picks for his girl. But they never get to her, because Fatty uses them for an on-the-spot funeral. What does he bury in the grave he bedecks with the flowers?

Answer: An empty whiskey bottle

Fatty sniffs at the bottle, but alas, it is dry. And it is expected to remain so, with Prohibition bearing down on the country. Fatty buries the bottle reverently, setting up a headstone and footstone and adorning the grave with the flowers.
5. Fatty stops to visit his girl, Fanny, played by Molly Malone. What game do they play?

Answer: Hide and seek

Fatty hides with Luke in the haystack, where they fall asleep. It's while Molly is looking for Fatty that the constable shows up, putting poor Fatty out of her mind entirely. Fatty and Luke sleep cozily, though, until the farmer starts pitching hay from the haystack, and pokes poor Fatty right in the rump.

Molly was in other Comique films. She played the garage owner's daughter in "The Garage" (1920), and the strongman's assistant in "Back Stage" (1919).
6. Fatty's game with his girl gets interrupted by the arrival of the constable, who is Fatty's love rival. Fatty returns to the store/post office, where he starts sorting a huge bag of mail. One piece of mail in particular deserves special mention. What is it?

Answer: A letter insured for $300

Fatty shows the letter to his boss before canceling the stamp. He then returns to the store to answer the phone and take an order for cheese.

The constable is played by Jack Coogan Sr. (credited sometimes as John Coogan), father of Jackie Coogan (child star and later famous as Uncle Fester in TV's "The Addams Family). Coogan was originally an "eccentric dancer", a skill he shows off modestly at a later point in this film, and more impressively in "Back Stage" (1919).
7. While Fatty is busy drilling holes in the cheese, the constable sneaks in and steals something from the interesting piece of mail. Who witnesses the theft?

Answer: Buster

The constable steams the letter open, removes the $300, and seals the letter shut again. As he sneaks out, Buster stops him and challenges him. The constable first tries to bribe Buster, but Buster refuses the bribe and gets a beating for his trouble. With a final threat to ensure Buster's silence, the constable is on his way.
8. Fanny comes to visit Fatty. When she sees a lady customer showing off a huge engagement ring, Fanny sadly shows Fatty her ringless fingers and asks if he'd buy her such a ring if he could afford it. Fatty can't afford the real thing, but he does order a ring for Fanny out of a catalog. What does he enclose in the envelope to ensure that the ring will be the right size?

Answer: A pickle

Fatty jams Fanny's finger into the cheese to make a hole, then pokes a pickle into the hole and writes instructions, "Slip the ring past the third wart on the enclosed pickle to get correct size." While he's at it, Fatty orders a suit -- which strangely enough, will fit him when it arrives, despite Buster's unorthodox methods for measuring his friend.
9. In the evening the store is turned into a dance hall. Fatty and Buster arrive, dressed up for the dance, only to get knocked over when the constable throws his dance partner at them. After some acrobatic dancing by Buster, Fatty, and the unnamed woman, it's time for entertainment. What does Buster do?

Answer: He makes a rabbit appear and disappear.

The magic performance turns to a comedy performance when Buster's assistant turns away and reveals the rabbit hidden behind his back.

Keaton, having travelled the vaudeville circuit with his family, learned quite a few magic tricks. He even learned some tricks from family friend Harry Houdini.

The dance hall scene also features an amazing bit of footwork by Buster, who uses his enormous slap shoe to flip his porkpie hat off the floor and onto his head.
10. The constable does his dance routine, then it's time for Fatty to sing. His performance is going over so well that the constable can't bear it. He leaps up and falsely accuses Fatty of stealing. Why do all of Fatty's friends turn their backs on him?

Answer: Because he has such bad breath

Fatty had been uneasy about singing because his voice was weak. Buster had encouraged him to strengthen his voice by eating a large plate of onions. But when Fatty is accused of the robbery, everybody one by one turns away -- even Luke -- until Buster speaks up, and Fatty's name is cleared. Fatty and Fanny retire to the kitchen, where she eats some onions in self-defense.

The accusation scene plays like a sad foreshadowing of the 1921 scandal in which Roscoe Arbuckle was falsely accused of raping and killing Virginia Rappe. The blacklisted Arbuckle lost his fans, his career, and many colleagues and friends. In this scene, just as in the Rappe scandal, it is Buster Keaton who stands by him.

Interestingly enough, the choice of singing in the talent show scene was a natural one for Arbuckle, who had been first and foremost a singer on stage, before turning to film comedy.
Source: Author ubermom

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