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A Muddy Romance (1913)

Two rivals for Mabel's hand play a series of dirty tricks on each other. Finally, one of them gets Mabel alone and is about to marry her, but his rival comes up with a strange scheme to ... See full summary »

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Two rivals for Mabel's hand play a series of dirty tricks on each other. Finally, one of them gets Mabel alone and is about to marry her, but his rival comes up with a strange scheme to stop them. Soon the Keystone Kops arrive on the scene, and chaos quickly ensues. Written by Snow Leopard

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20 November 1913 (USA)  »

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A Mud Bath  »

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One morning, Mack Sennett read in the local newspaper that Echo Lake, located in Echo Park near his studio, was going to be drained, beginning at 1 o'clock that afternoon. Realizing that this was a great opportunity, Sennett quickly called together his ensemble of actors, writers, and cameramen, and they drove out to the park in three cars. Sennett drove the car that contained his writers, and, he later recalled, "We made up gags for the short as we went along." The crew got to the park with plenty of time to set up their cameras to film the draining of the lake. The following day, they returned to the studio to film framing scenes for the Mabel Normand romance story featured in the short. See more »

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24 January 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The one-reeler "A Muddy Romance" used to be something of a byword for the way that Mack Sennett, in his early days, would sometimes throw together a movie on a sudden whim, without even having a story for it. This one shows what can happen as a result - while there are a couple of good moments, it does not hold together very well, and there is often little reason or motivation for what happens, even by slapstick standards. It does not start off too badly, but then it starts to seem a little forced. As a result, only a couple of the gags really work. It helps to have Mabel Normand around as the girl, and of course it is of historical interest. It's just that as comedy per se, it's far from the best of what silent cinema has to offer.


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