Cecile Arnold: Ziegfeld to Keystone


Today is the birthday of Cecile Arnold (Cecile Arnoux, 1893-1931). Having grown up in St. Louis and Fort Worth she reportedly became a Ziegfeld girl, before being hired by Mack Sennett in 1914.  She immediately began getting lots of great roles, many of them in Charlie Chaplin comedies (she is particularly memorable as a vamp in The Face on the Bar Room Floor). After Chaplin left Keystone, she continued to support the likes of Mack Swain (“Ambrose”) and Syd Chaplin (“Gussle”) until 1917 (with a brief interlude in the middle to take some stage work). She retired from the screen in 1917 to marry and spent most of the the rest of her life travelling throughout the Far East. She died in 1931 of influenza.

And now The Face on the Bar Room Floor:

To learn more about silent and slapstick comedy please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc



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