Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Luke the Dog, Silent Screen Star


On this day in 1920, Buster Keaton released his third film, the 19-minute silent short called “The Scarecrow” which co-starred Luke the Dog (1913-1926) an American Staffordshire Terrier (Pitbull) who was a recurring character in American silent comedy shorts between 1914 and 1920. 

In real life, Luke was the personal pet of actress Minta Durfee and her husband, comedian and director Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who did the actual training of the dog.

“The Scarecrow” was Luke the Dog’s last film due to the divorce of Roscoe and Minta. 

Luke died in 1926 in Los Angeles at age 13. 

Luke’s break out performance was in in “Fatty's Faithful Fido,” which can be seen below.


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