Posts tagged with "Mabel Normand"

The Murder of William Desmond Taylor

Posted by Brandy Dean February 1, 2013 9 Comments 9718 views

February 1, 2013 marks the 91 anniversary of the death by homicide of William Desmond Taylor. Taylor’s murder is a juicy 20’s Hollywood scandal that continues to intrigue people. While there was a rogue’s gallery of suspects (see below), Taylor’s murder remained unsolved. Here’s a piece I published in April of 2012 on William Desmond […]

Watch It: Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 9, 2013 1 Comment 3216 views

Fatty and Mabel Adrift was released on January 9, 1916 by Keystone. Arbuckle plays a naive farm boy marrying his sweetheart, Normand. The pair honeymoons – with Fatty’s dog Luke in tow – at a cottage on the seashore. At high tide that night, Fatty’s romantic rival, played by Al St. John, and his confederates […]

Watch: Raggedy Rose (1926)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 7, 2012 0 Comment 1044 views

Raggedy Rose is a cute little silent comedy from 1926 starring Mabel Normand. Rose works for a cheap-skate junk dealer and dreams of romance with a wealthy bachelor. I say: who doesn’t, sister? There’s not a lot that’s truly special about Raggedy Rose. Except that Mabel is always charming. And except that it was co-written […]

Watch: The Extra Girl (1923)

Posted by Brandy Dean October 28, 2012 0 Comment 896 views

The Extra Girl, produced by Mack Sennett and starring Mabel Normand, was released on October 28, 1923. It’s one of the earlier movies about the movies, with a focus on the barely born Southern California movie making industry, yet we’ve still got the innocent girl trying to make it big kind of cliches in play. […]

Watch: Mabel’s Married Life (1914)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 20, 2012 0 Comment 772 views

Here’s another little gem from Chaplin’s inaugural year in the film biz. Also known as the year when Chaplin played drunk, really, really drunk. Mabel’s Married Life was released on June 20, 1914 and costars, of course, Mabel Normand. FYI, this little video is of excellent quality.

Watch: Mabel’s Busy Day (1914)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 13, 2012 0 Comment 795 views

Mabel’s Busy Day was released on June 13, 1914. The old gal’s looking pretty spry for 98! Mabel Normand is a hotdog vendor down at race track. Charlie Chaplin is an irrepressible little Tramp. He steals her wares, she calls the Kops, and wackiness follows. There’s nothing original, daring, or innovation about this little ditty. […]

Caught in a Cabaret (1914)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 27, 2012 0 Comment 513 views

  Caught in a Cabaret, starring Charlie Chaplin and directed by comedic actress extraordinaire Mabel Normand was released on April 27, 1914.  

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean March 23, 2012 2 Comments 492 views

Pretty Clever Film Gal’s fingers were flying all week to bringĀ  you the Toronto Silent Film Festival preview this week, resulting in what may be the first ever silent film induced case of carpal tunnel syndrome. But don’t fret my pets, this did not slow me down from my self-appointed rounds of idly surfing the […]

Who the Hell is Joseph McDermott?

Posted by Brandy Dean March 6, 2012 7 Comments 1814 views

So I’ve mentioned that I have the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra 2012 silent film calendar. I hope you do too. If not, I pity the fool (who didn’t have the foresight to purchase one). Everyday I wake up, sit down at the old Underwood HP Envy, and have a look see at what my […]

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean December 16, 2011 4 Comments 952 views

It’s time again for the Film Friday Weekly Roundup… Ssshh! It’s the (almost) completely silent edition. As Hugo storms the screens and The Artist continues to pile up the critical nods, silent films are all over the place. Now let’s all put on our thrift store cardigans and lace up our Converse and say we […]

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