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Leap Year (1924 film)

Leap Year
Directed byRoscoe Arbuckle
James Cruze
Written bySarah Y. Mason
Walter Woods
StarringFatty Arbuckle
CinematographyKarl Brown
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • April 27, 1924 (1924-04-27) (Finland)
  • 1981 (1981) (USA)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Leap Year is an American silent comedy film directed by and starring Roscoe Arbuckle. Though produced in 1921, the film was not released in the United States due to Arbuckle's involvement in the Virginia Rappe death scandal; it received its first release in Finland in 1924. The film finally saw an American release of sorts in 1981.[1] Prints are held by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Library of Congress.[2][3]

Plot summary

Roscoe Arbuckle plays Stanley Piper, heir to his uncle’s millions. He lives at Piper Hall. His valet is Mumford. Inside the house, Jeremiah Piper, Stanley’s uncle, who is gouty, grouchy and a girl-hater, is being looked after by his nurse, Phyllis Brown. He decides to send Stanley on a fishing trip to keep him away from women as he falls in love with every woman he meets. The ‘fool nephew,’ stutters when he’s excited and is relived only by drink (water). Nurse Brown is upset to hear this news. Stanley brings flowers for Nurse Brown only to be told by his uncle that she’s been fired. He catches her as she’s about to leave the house. She tells him what his uncle has said about Stanley falling in love with every woman he meets. Stanley is unable to state is case, his stutter making him momentarily speechless until Mumford gives him water when he tells her it’s a base falsehood and he can prove it. If he can prove it, she decides, they can be together. While he’s trying to prove his love for Nurse Brown, he inadvertently ends up engaged to three different women and must extricate himself from all three engagements by pretending to be seriously ill and suffering from fits. When this doesn’t work, fate intervenes, and the three women find welcome distractions in the form of the other characters.


See also


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Leap Year". Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  2. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress page 101 by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Leap Year
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