Mainly interesting as a curio, this Mack Sennett directed comedy has a group of white people missing their train so they decide to take a look around at the Indians. Trixie (Mabel Normand) decides to start touching up on Big Chief, which makes his wife and the other Indian women angry. THE TOURIST lasts just six-minutes so there's not too much in term of plot and for a comedy there really aren't any laughs. What makes this film so interesting to watch is that there were several real Indians that appear in the film. God knows if this was their first time seeing a movie camera or not but there are some pretty genuine moments to be seen here including the last sequence when the group of women are pretty much pushing the white people away. Just take a look at the non-actors trying to mix in with the professional ones. It should go without saying but the professional actors playing the Indian parts are in make up and it's so obvious when the two are together. With that said, I thought Normand was in good form as she was clearly meant for the screen as she floats around like a butterfly and her charm leaps off the screen.
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