Love was made two years before Arbuckle's career was derailed by the Virginia Rappe scandal of September, 1921. In 1919, the actor/director was nearing the height of his fame, and was one of the key names at Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Studio (Paramount).
Roscoe hated the nickname "Fatty." It was for professional purposes only. Friends never used it, only strangers who didn't know better. His response was quiet, "I've got a name, you know." Fans also called Roscoe "The Prince of Whales," and "The Balloonatic."
The 1919 two-reel short Love certainly follows the formula. This rural comedy follows the unfriendly rivalry between Fatty and Al (Al St. John) as they vie for the attentions of Winifred
Arbuckle is the only person to have the honor of having the three greatest silent film comedians, Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton, appear in supporting roles in his films. Chaplin assists Roscoe in "The Knockout," Lloyd is Roscoe's co-star in "Miss Fatty's Seaside Lovers," and Keaton supported Roscoe in at least fourteen shorts under Arbuckle's "Comique" banner.
According to Harold Lloyd, Roscoe Arbuckle was the first filmmaker to use preview audiences to see how to improve his comedies.
Fatty Arbuckle was one of the most popular silent stars of the 1910s, and soon became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, signing a contract in 1920 with Paramount Pictures for US$1 million.