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Fatty and Mabel's Simple Life (1915)

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Fatty is a farm hand at Mabel's father's place. He and Mabel love each other, but dad wants to marry Mabel off to the landowner's son in exchange for tearing up the mortgage. When Mabel and... See full summary »

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The Squire's Son
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Mabel's Father
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Farm Hand
Ted Edwards ...
Minister
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The Groom
Bobby Dunn ...
The Village Cop
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Fatty is a farm hand at Mabel's father's place. He and Mabel love each other, but dad wants to marry Mabel off to the landowner's son in exchange for tearing up the mortgage. When Mabel and Fatty find out dad's plan, they elope, pursued by dad, the hopeful suitor, and the local constables. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Very Enjoyable Arbuckle/Normand Pairing
17 November 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a very enjoyable feature starring Roscoe Arbuckle and Mabel Normand, and its carefree slapstick style does not obscure a pretty good job of direction by Arbuckle himself. The story successfully blends some familiar elements with a couple of creative ideas, and the pacing works well, starting with an easygoing tempo and gradually building to a hilariously manic pace.

It starts with a setup that was also used in several of Arbuckle's other earlier movies, with Normand as the farmer's daughter who is in love with hired hand Roscoe, and Al St. John as the rich rival preferred by Normand's father. The first half features lots of light slapstick in the farm and farmhouse. Most of it of good quality, and it also builds up sympathy for the two main characters.

This sets up the extended chase in the second half, which is very funny and which packs a lot of good slapstick gags into a reel or so of film. Things move at breakneck speed, yet at no time does it seem out of control or pointless. It's an example of the Keystone style working at its best, with a free-wheeling feel that nevertheless must have involved good planning. The gags with the driver-less car and with the well squeeze an impressive amount of mileage out of a couple of simple ideas.

For fans of silent comedy, almost anything with Arbuckle and Normand has considerable appeal. But this is one of their most enjoyable features together.


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