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SUMMARY é Room 1219 ☆ In 1921 one of the biggest movie stars in the world was accused of killing a woman What followed was an unprecedented avalanche of press coverage the original “trial of the century” and a wave of censorship that altered the course of Hollywood filmmakingIt began on Labor Day when comic actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle then at the pinA party in San Francisco’s best hotel As the party raged he was alone in room 1219 with Virginia Rappe a minor actress Four days later she died and he was charged with her murder Room 1219 tells the story of Arbuckle’s improbable rise and stunning fall from Hollywood’s first true superstar to its first pariah Simultaneously it presents the crime story from the day of. Room 1219 The Life of Fatty Arbuckle the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood by Greg Merritt a god awful title by the way does something that no other book on Roscoe Arbuckle has done before it presents its subjects both Roscoe and Virginia as actual human beings If most people know these names at all and I'd lay 10 to 1 that most people do not it has to do with scandal misinformation and demonization of these two unfairly maligned people It's a revelation to read about Roscoe Arbuckle's he hated the sobriuet Fatty and the only injustice this book does him is use his famous but painful nickname in the title loveless childhood his struggles as he tried to enter show business his struggles to get to the top And his greater struggles once he found himself there This makes his story a very modern one because the talented rich and famous continue to struggle with the fame they work so hard to achieve Instead of the monster or the poor sucker that Arbuckle is usually painted as in this book Roscoe is seen as an artist and entertainer In fact he was one of the greatest of his era and the biggest achievement of Greg Merritt's book is the feeling of loss for what Arbuckle could've accomplished if he continued working in motion pictures Of course the other great loss that Merritt captures is the story's other victim Virginia Rappe Virginia Rappe the author like the papers of the day doesn't shy away from the fact that even her name sounds frighteningly like the phrase Virgin Rape here is at last portrayed as a real person She was a talented dress designer and a vocal proponent of women's rights in the workplace and in society This makes Virginia's death even poignant and sad then the usual label of Gold digging slut or Pure and innocent child she is painted with There are no clear villains in this book no one for us to hang the yoke of blame on and thereby make us feel superior except And this is paramount the press and the public opinion of the day Both Roscoe and Virginia were tried over and over again in the newspapers the pulpit and in social circles high and low It is the press than as now hungry for scandal to fuel their sale and a desperately fickle public looking to alternatively deify and demonize their heroes and heroines that are the true scandal at the center of this story This may seem like a sad but old and forgotten Hollywood story but the scandal that came to ahead during the trial and Roscoe Arbuckle's subseuent blackballing by the Hollywood moguls he made millions for is not only timely but continues to be a hotly debated subject I won't tell you the book's conclusion about what happened in room 1219 that day long gone but I will say that the stars and supporting cast of this true story are unforgettable And that the saddest thing about this very sad tale is that we are doomed to repeat it with a different cast of characters over and over again


In 1921 one of the biggest movie stars in the world was accused of killing a woman What followed was an unprecedented avalanche of press coverage the original “trial of the century” and a wave of censorship that altered the course of Hollywood filmmakingIt began on Labor Day when comic actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle then at the pinnacle of his fame and fortune hosted. Most people of this generation don't know who Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle is and what he was famous for Hell most people nowadays barely know anything about silent film and only recognize the iconic names such as Charlie Chaplin maybe Mary Pickford etc What they don't realize is that Fatty was a major comedy star pre scandal and at one point was famous than Chaplin He also gave Buster Keaton another name that lives on a leg up into the business and they were really great friends After his career was ruined and their roles were reversed Buster gave him opportunities to direct and have bit parts in his movies Overall it was an extremely interesting book Eual parts biography of Fatty and his rise to fame and breakdown of the scandal and its aftermath it definitely gives an eual representation of the defense prosecution both It neither sanctifies him OR crucifies him And I won't say what conclusion the author comes to but I pretty much agree with him Not that we'll ever really know the truth but I do like to speculate I'd recommend this for anyone interested in not necessarily already a fan of silent film Hollywood scandals of which this was the first major one the beginnings of censorship in Hollywood and Roscoe Arbuckle as a historical figuremovie star Also a truly great documentary about silent film exists It's 13 parts each an hour long called Hollywood Pioneers and you can find it on YouTube It's one of the last documentaries featuring interviews with actual starsstuntmendirectors etc from that era and was filmed shortly before many of them died It is downright fascinating DCAVEAT I still can't believe that he was tried THREE TIMES before he was finally acuitted On such circumstantial which is to say pretty much absolutely none evidence I'm shocked he was even tried AT ALL It's just crazy to me

Greg Merritt ☆ 1 SUMMARY

Room 1219The “orgy” through the three trials Relying on a careful examination of documents the book finally reveals after almost a century of wild speculation what most likely occurred in room 1219 In addition Room 1219 covers the creation of the film industry from the first silent experiments to a studio based system capable of making and ultimately breaking a beloved supersta. Interesting book on the lives of silent film star Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle and modelstarlet Virgina Rappe whose fates were sealed over Labor Day weekend 1921 when Rappe was taken seriously ill at a party hosted by Arbuckle and subseuently died Because of rumors and some loose talk from Arbuckle himself he was arrested and charged with manslaughter Though he was eventually acuitted his career never recovered The author argues that both of them had their images tarnished and presents an even handed account of that weekend and what happened both before and after Some overly melodramatic passages hurt the flow of the book but otherwise this well researched book would seem to be the final word on the event