||Roscoe Arbuckle (left).
Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
A Reckless Romeo
B&W : Two reels
Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
Cast: Roscoe Arbuckle [the husband], Corinne Parquet [his wife], Agnes Neilson [her mother], Alice Lake [a girl in the park], Al St. John [her beau], Luke the dog
Comique Film Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation [Paramount-Arbuckle Comedies]. / Produced by Joseph M. Schenck. Scenario by Roscoe Arbuckle, from a screen story by Joe Roach. Scenario editor, Herbert Warren. Cinematography by Frank D. Williams. Presented by Joseph M. Schenck. / Released 21 May 1917. Paramount-Arbuckle Comedy number A-3102. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot at the Norma Talmadge Film Corporation studio in New York, New York, and on-location at Palisades Park amusement park in Fort Lee, New Jersey. [?] Tom Meyers maintains that portions of the film were shot against an exterior wall of the Triangle studio at Main Street and Linwood Avenue in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which might suggest that this film and A Reckless Romeo (1916) are the same production, begun under Triangle and completed for Comique.
Synopsis: [Motion Picture World, 19 May 1917, page 1153] Fatty takes his family to a moving-picture house, where to his horror an indiscretion (a dalliance with a girl) is revealed on the screen before his mother-in-law.
Survival status: Print exists in the George Eastman Museum film archive [35mm positive].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Amusement parks - Animals: Dogs - Film-within-film - Motion picture theaters
Listing updated: 10 November 2013.
References: Film viewing : Ball-Shakespeare pp. 218, 357, 389; Bardèche-History p. 117; Dardis-Keaton p. 285; Edmonds-Arbuckle p. 261; Miller-Comedies p. 16 : Website-GEM : with additional information provided by Tom Meyers.
Home video: DVD.