Charlie, competing with his rival's race car, offers Mabel a ride on his motorcycle but drops her in a puddle. He next joins some dubious characters in abduction of his rival just before the race for the Vanderbilt Cup. With her boyfriend locked up in a shed, Mabel takes his place. Charlie does what he can to sabotage the race, even causing Mabel's car to overturn. Written by
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Did You Know?
's quarrelling with Mabel Normand
on this film almost ended Chaplin's film career. He disagreed with her ideas for comedy and she was quick to dismiss his own ideas for more refined comic business. An argument ensued (according to Chaplin in his autobiography, one or two extras had wanted to 'slug' him but Normand had stopped them) and filming for that day was called off. Mack Sennett
heard about the argument and planned to fire Chaplin at the end of the week. However, the day after the argument, Sennett received a telegram from New York asking frantically for more Chaplin films. Sennett smoothed things over between Normand and Chaplin by taking them to dinner and the film was happily completed. See more