Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Because of the scandal that befell comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in 1921, his Paramount starring feature Gasoline Gus never received an American release. A pity, since the film was (from all accounts) his best feature-length vehicle thus far. Arbuckle of course plays the title character, a young man saddled with a phony oil well. Still, he manages to make a great deal of money off this fraudulent gusher, which inevitably proves to be the Real McCoy by film's end. Gasoline Gus was one of three Arbuckle features which were shelved by Paramount at great expense after the comedian was banned from the screen after his sensational rape trial (and never mind that he was acquitted).