|The Traveling Salesman|
Film's promotion in Variety, 1921
|Directed by||Joseph Henabery|
|Written by||Walter Woods|
|Based on||The Traveling Salesman|
by James Forbes
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|5 reels; 4,514 feet|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
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. A print of The Traveling Salesman with German intertitles survives at the George Eastman House.
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)
- Robert Dudley as Pierce Gill
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Traveling Salesman". Silent Era. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
- The Traveling Salesman as produced on Broadway at the Liberty Theatre (August 10, 1908) and the Gaiety Theatre (September 7, 1908) totaling 280 performances; IBDb.com
- American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Traveling Salesman
- "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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