Mabel and Fatty’s Married Life

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Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Keystone comedy Mabel and Fatty’s Married Life (not to be confused with Mabel’s Married Life, released 7 months earlier).

In this Mabel Normand and Roscoe Arbuckle play a middle class couple, reading a book together on a park bench. Suddenlt, from out of nowhere, an organ grinder’s monkey attacks them. This leads to a spat with the organ grinder. The monkey disappears and the organ grinder swears an oath of vengeance.

Later, Mabel finds herself at home alone, and exceedingly nervous. Her first brush with an intruder proves to be a false alarm — Fatty has just come home to look for some papers for his business. But the second time it some prove to be a B & E by the organ grinder and his monkey and it’s time to call in the Keystone Kops, led by Al St. John. 

 

For more on silent and slapstick comedy don’t 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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For more on show biz historyconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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