Leap Year (Silent)

"Fatty" Arbuckle plays a philanderer who must give up his two-timing ways or lose his inheritance in this rare feature, never released in the U.S. Plus "Fatty and Mabel At the San Diego Exposition" (1915 Silent)
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  • Run Time: 1 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: September 1, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1921
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Leap Year may be too narrow a scenario to sustain the allegories of cultural bondage Rowe is aiming for. There's no denying, however, his eye for the bold and subtle body language of his main actress, and for evocative visuals Full Review
MUBI
Dec 14, 2017
Rating: 1/5 -- The film is packed with spontaneous acts of Irish country dancing and twinkly locals beaming over their Guinness. Ireland should sue. Full Review
Times (UK)
Feb 26, 2010
Rating: 2/4 -- In Hollywood, it's all about the concept, and some studio executive must have thought it would be fun to watch Adams slogging around in the Irish mud. Unfortunately, there's no accounting for taste.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jan 14, 2010
Adams and Goode are hampered by a witless script, which aims for It Happened One Night cross-country battle-of-the-sexes entertainment but misses the mark so completely.
Little White Lies
Feb 26, 2010
Rating: 8/10 -- This film is really a winner. The dialogue is clever, the acting is great, and, well, if you're looking for romance, look no further. Full Review
Ladue News
Nov 12, 2018
Rating: 1/5 -- The only "leap" I felt like making was off a motorway gantry into the fast lane of the M25. Full Review
Guardian
Feb 26, 2010
Rating: 1/5 -- While thereâ(TM)s some chemistry between the pair, itâ(TM)s not enough to compensate for their paper-thin characters, never mind all the crosseyed Guinness-swilling extras.
Time Out
Feb 26, 2010

Description by OLDIES.com:

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle stars in this rare feature-length comedy, never released in the United States. Knowing that he will inherit his ailing Uncle Jeremiah's fortune, Stanley Piper has always chosen to be lazy. The only thing he has ever been interested in is girls, particularly his uncle's shapely nurse. In an attempt to cure him of his womanizing ways, Jeremiah sends Stanley to a resort on Catalina Island that purports to be free of females. This proves not to be the case, however, and the philanderer inadvertently becomes engaged to three different beauties while vacationing. With all the girls now ready to move into the Piper mansion, Stanley has to figure out how to explain his future life as a bigamist to Jeremiah before he disowns him.

Due to his immense popularity during the silent era, Roscoe Arbuckle was one of the first comedians to transition from short subjects to features. His first, The Round-Up (1920), was a huge hit at the box office. But in September of 1921, Arbuckle was charged with rape and manslaughter after actress Virginia Rappe died at his house in San Francisco. This led to Paramount immediately removing the recently completed Leap Year from its release schedule. Even after Arbuckle was acquitted the following year, the studio refused to let the film out of the vault, except for a limited European release in 1924. Untarnished by his association with the disgraced comedian, director James Cruze would go on to make classics such as The Covered Wagon (1923), The Great Gabbo (1929) and I Cover the Waterfront (1933). Starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Mary Thurman. Directed by James Cruze.

BONUS: Fatty And Mabel At The San Diego Exposition (Silent, BW, 1915): Arbuckle and his frequent comedic foil, Mabel Normand, take a tour of the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park with disastrous results. Edgar Kennedy cameos as a police officer. Starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Mabel Normand. Directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.

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  • Sales Rank: 362
  • UPC: 089218770394
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