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Mabel's Dramatic Career (1913)

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Long after jilting his girlfriend, Mabel the kitchen maid, Mack is startled to see her onscreen at the local cinema.


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Cast overview:
Mabel, the Kitchen Maid
Mack - Mabel's Sweetheart
Alice Davenport ...
Mack's Mother
Virginia Kirtley ...
City Girl - Mabel's Rival
Charles Avery ...
Farmer / Movie Crewman
Ford Sterling ...
Actor / Onscreen Villain
Man in Audience
Billy Jacobs ...
Mabel's Son (as Paul Jacobs)
Charles Inslee ...
Film Director
Dave Anderson ...
Driver / Man in Audience


A young man falls in love with his mother's kitchen maid, Mabel. But his mother objects strongly, and arranges for him to meet another young woman whom she considers more suitable. Mabel confronts the young woman, and is dismissed from her position. Later, when the young man learns about the new career that Mabel has found, he begins to act in an agitated and unpredictable manner. Written by Snow Leopard

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8 September 1913 (USA)  »

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Her Dramatic Debut  »

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References Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913) See more »

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Worth seeing just to catch a glimpse of Fatty.
9 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better Keystone shorts--and, incidentally, it's actually a bit long for one of these films at a whopping 15 minutes. It begins with a young man (the director, Mack Sennett) falling for the family's maid (Mabel Normand). However, his mother is NOT pleased and reminded him that she is beneath them and encourages him with another lady. However, after driving Normand out of the house, the other relationship falls apart.

Years pass. Now Mabel is a famous movie star and the dumb ex-boyfriend sees her movie playing in the theater. However, when he sees it, he thinks it's all real and thinks Mabel is in trouble--after all, a wicked villain is pursuing her in the movie! During this time, he makes an insane nuisance of himself and the guy sitting next to him turns out to be Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle in an early small part. While the humor is VERY broad, for 1913 it's quite good and it's also a chance to see Arbuckle before he was a mega-star.

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