~Traveling Salesman~
~Plot Synopsis~
Even before the Labor Day scandal that ruined him, 1921 was a tough year for Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.
Arbuckle's contract with Paramount reportedly earned him one million dollars (worth many times that
today), and producer Adolph Zukor wanted to get his money's worth. As a result, the rotund comic was
put to work nonstop, sometimes at the expense of quality. This picture, based on the James Forbes stage
play starring Frank McIntyre (who also starred in the 1916 film version), was obviously made cheaply. In
addition, there wasn't the time (and perhaps there wasn't the desire) to add much of the slapstick that had
brought Arbuckle fame. So it's a relatively low key Fatty who stars here as traveling salesman, or
drummer, Bob Blake. While on the trail to Grand Rapids, Blake -- a self-professed woman-hater -is the
victim of a practical joke and winds up leaving the train before his stop. It is pouring rain and he breaks
into an empty house to spend the night. When he tracks down the home's owner, Beth Elliot (Betty Ross
Clarke) to pay for his lodging, he falls in love for the first time. He also discovers a plot to take away
Beth's property. Blake vanquishes the villains -- Franklin Royce (Frank Holland) and Martin Drury
(Wilton Taylor) -and wins Beth's hand. this picture, released only a few weeks after Arbuckle's, last one,
The Dollar A Year Man, received decidedly mixed reviews. No copy is known to have survived.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Joseph Henabery

Written by: Walter Woods

Based on the play The Traveling Salesman: A Comedy in Four Acts by James
Grant Forbes (New York, 1908).

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ...  Bob Blake
Betty Ross Clarke ...  Beth Elliott
Frank Holland ...  Franklin Royce
Wilton Taylor ...  Martin Drury
Lucille Ward ...  Mrs. Babbitt
Jim Blackwell ...  Julius
Richard Wayne ...  Ted Watts
George C. Pearce ...  John Kimball (as George Pearce)
Robert Dudley ...  Pierce Gill
Gordon Rogers ...  Bill Crabb
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation

Released by:
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Paramount Pictures

Cinematography by: Karl Brown

Length: 5 Reels
Released: June 5, 1921