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Mabel Normand - Pretty, but no Damsel

The years 1895-1915, which coincide with the emergence of cinema as a serious industry, were a mixed period in the history of women. Women in most countries did not have the vote. 1,225 more words

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The Water Nymph (1912)

This was one of the two first movies ever released by Keystone studios – it was released along with “Cohen Collects a Debt” as a split-reel, or a type of early… 387 more words


A Little Hero (1913)

Could this Keystone short have been the inspiration for Sylvester and Tweety Bird cartoons? Mabel Normand is a young woman with lots of pets: a cat, a dog, and a bird in the cage. 411 more words


Mack & Mabel review

Review of Mack & Mabel (FOLLOW LINK) at Chichester Festival Theatre. Stunning stagecraft and the voices of Michael Ball (as Mack Sennett) and Rebecca LaChance (as Mabel Normand).I don’t know how good the 1974 production was, but I’d guess that this one is so good because of what the 2015 direction and production has added.

Jonathan Church

Mabel's Busy Day (1914)

This Charlie Chaplin film from Keystone studios works as a kind of sequel to “Kid Auto Races at Venice.” At least some of it seems to have been filmed on location at a live event, but this time Charlie’s acrobatics noticeably engage part of the crowd, and there is a much bigger cast for him to play off. 310 more words


Cruel Cruel Love (1914)

Here’s an early Charlie Chaplin movie from Keystone  in which he does not play his “Little Tramp” character, but is good nonetheless. Charlie is a well-to-do fellow (enough to have a car and servants in 1914) who wears a variation on his getup from “ 260 more words


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