Wished on Mabel

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Today marks the anniversary of the release date of the Keystone comedy Wished on Mabel. 

Mabel Normand starred in and directed the short, which was improvised and shot in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Mabel introduces her beau (frequent co-star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle) to her mother (Alice Davenport). They go off to another part of the park to frolic and a thief comes and steals the mother’s watch. She informs a cop (Edgar Kennedy). Fatty finds the watch and gives it to Mabel. The thief tries to get it back….and much more of the same ensues. Oh yes, and a bee lands on Mabel’s nose.

For more on slapstick film history see my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also 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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