Charlie is a clumsy waiter in a cheap cabaret, suffering the strict orders from his boss. He'll meet a pretty girl in the park, pretending to be a fancy ambassador, despite the jealousy of her fiancée.
Given an hour off from his job as a cafe waiter, Charlie rescues Mabel from a thug, is given an invitation to her home, and arrives presenting a card which falsely identifies him as the Greek Ambassador. Before he can get back to work, her parents invite him to a future garden party. Her jealous lover has Charlie followed back to the cafe. Charlie is a hit at the garden party but, as he leaves to return to work, the rival invites everyone to go with him to the cafe so Charlie will be exposed. Written by
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Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin Together! A Joy!
"Caught In A Cabaret" marks one of the first teamings of Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin, two of the titans of film comedy! Their playing is far subtler and wittier than that of their contemporaries at Keystone or at the other comedy studios.
Their chemistry is great together. Now that it is out that Mabel Normand directed several of her own and others' comedies at Keystone, what a treat to have been on the set and story conferences where she and Chaplin worked.
"Caught in A Cabaret" is also noteworthy for the teaming of Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle. Comedy heaven! As if that weren't enough, Arbuckle's then-wife, Minta Durfee (a formidable light comedienne in her own right) rounds out the cast. Her scenes with Arbuckle are light and playful while her chemistry with Mabel Normand would've warranted an all-female comedy team.
While the film's pictorial quality has obviously aged, it shows a Victorian-era Los Angeles.
A fun, enjoyable two-reeler with a cast unmatched since "Libeled Lady" (1936)!
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