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Mabel's Married Life (1914)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  20 June 1914 (USA)
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Accosted by a masher in the park and unable to motivate husband Charlie into taking action, Mabel gets him a boxing mannequin to sharpen his fighting skills.

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Mabel's Husband
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Mabel
Mack Swain ...
Wellington, a Ladykiller
Eva Nelson ...
Wellington's Wife
Hank Mann ...
Tough in Bar
Charles Murray ...
Man in Bar
Harry McCoy ...
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Mabel goes home after being humiliated by a masher whom her wimpy husband won't fight. The husband goes off to a bar and gets drunk. She buys a boxing dummy hoping it will inspire her husband, but when he returns he gets in a fight with it, taking it to be the ladykiller. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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another dreadful early Chaplin short
23 June 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I've seen quite a few Chaplin shorts from early in his career and I've noticed that his early stuff (done for Keystone Studios) is pretty dreadful stuff. Unlike his wonderful full-length films from the 20s and 30s, the films from 1914-1915 are incredibly poorly made--having no script but only vague instructions from the director. In most cases, the films had almost no plot and degenerated to people punching and kicking each other.

Well, this film isn't really any better than the rest. Charlie and Mabel Normand spend much of the film slapping or being slapped. Charlie is powerless to stop a tough jerk from making unwanted advances on his wife. So, Mabel buys a punching doll and a drunk Charlie thinks it's real. That's it. No real laughs and no real plot.

FYI--this short was from THE ESSENTIAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN COLLECTION from Delta Entertainment. Like a few of these early shorts, the captions are all in French! Well, lucky for me I have a pretty good understanding of the language. Others might be frustrated at this, but there are only a few captions.


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