"Roscoe Arbuckle joined Mack Sennett's Keystone Cops in 1913 and rose to stardom in a series of comedy shorts with Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin. At the peak of his success in 1921, and during a wild party in a San Francisco hotel, a scandal ensued from which he would never recover. A starlet named Virginia Rappe was seized by severe convulsions after allegedly being sexually assaulted by the actor, dying a few days later. Arbuckle was charged with manslaughter and was tried three times, finally acquitted. Irate public opinion caused his films to be banned and withdrawn from circulation forever."--W.M.