DirectorJoseph Henabery CinematographyKarl Brown DistributorParamount Pictures
CastRoscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (Bob Blake), Betty Ross Clarke (Beth Elliott), Frank Holland (Franklin Royce), Wilton Taylor (Martin Drury) LanguageSilent (English intertitles) WriterJames Forbes, Walter Woods Release dateJune 5, 1921 (1921-06-05) GenresComedy, Indie film, Silent film, Black-and-white Similar moviesThe Birth of a Nation (1915)
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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 of the play starred Frank McIntyre who had also starred in the play. It is not known whether either film currently survives.
As described in a film publication, 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.
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle as Bob Blake
Betty Ross Clarke as Beth Elliott
Frank Holland as Franklin Royce
Wilton Taylor as Martin Drury
Lucille Ward as Mrs. Babbitt
Jim Blackwell as Julius
Richard Wayne as Ted Watts
George C. Pearce as John Kimball (as George Pearce)