The Traveling Salesman (1921 film)

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The Traveling Salesman is a 1921 American comedy film starring Fatty Arbuckle. It is based on a 1908 play, The Traveling Salesman, by James Grant Forbes. A 1916 film adaptation of the play starred Frank McIntyre, who had also starred in the play.[1][2] A print of The Traveling Salesman with German intertitles survives at the George Eastman House.[3][1]

The Traveling Salesman
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Film's promotion in Variety, 1921
Directed byJoseph Henabery
Written byWalter Woods
Based onThe Traveling Salesman
by James Forbes
StarringFatty Arbuckle
CinematographyKarl Brown
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 5, 1921 (1921-06-05)
Running time
5 reels; 4,514 feet
CountryUnited States


Film still with Clarke and Arbuckle

As described in a film publication,[4] Bob Blake (Arbuckle), a travelling salesman, is the victim of a practical joke and gets off the train before his intended destination of Grand River. Bob is drenched in the pouring rain and, when he cannot find lodging, breaks into a private house that the sheriff is going to sell for a tax delinquency. The house belongs to Beth Elliott (Clarke), a telegraph operator at Grand River Station. Bob looks her up so he can pay for his lodging and falls in love with her. Franklin Royce (Holland), also in love with Beth, is jealous of Bob and accepts a proposition from Martin Drury (Taylor) to trick Beth out of the proceeds of the tax sale. In the end, Bob saves the house and wins the girl.


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  1. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: Traveling Salesman". Silent Era. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  2. ^ The Traveling Salesman as produced on Broadway at the Liberty Theatre (August 10, 1908) and the Gaiety Theatre (September 7, 1908) totaling 280 performances;
  3. ^ American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Traveling Salesman
  4. ^ "Traveling Salesman: "Fatty" Has Had Better Laugh-Getters Than This". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 16 (31): 4. May 1, 1921. Retrieved March 21, 2014.

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