Sue Graham is a small town girl who wants to be a motion picture star. She wins a contract when a picture of a very pretty girl is sent to a studio instead of her picture. When she arrives ... See full summary »
F. Richard Jones
A fortune teller tells a store clerk with a romantic disposition that she was a Spanish noblewoman in an earlier life. The girl begins to live the part of the Spanish noblewoman and romance and comedy ensue.
The Slim Princess is a 1920 American comedy film starring Mabel Normand, directed by Victor Schertzinger, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and written by Gerald C. Duffy based on a musical play ... See full summary »
While visiting Italy, a theatrical agent invites a perky little Italian acrobat (played by Mabel Normand) seen only in her tights to come to America to perform, but when she arrives she's dressed in peasant attire including long braids with bows, striped socks, plaid skirt, and funny little straw hat - the man who hired her now doesn't know what to do with her. So - they send her to a "beauty hospital" to give her a makeover and she comes out looking suddenly stylish and real cute to boot! They decide to put her into the movies, and Mabel soon falls "head over heels", so to speak, for the theatrical agent's partner, who himself gets a crush on the now good-looking Mabel (hmmm - I thought she still looked attractive even when she was in her funny little outfit).
This film is quite a good one and quite funny, much of the humor based around broken English told via intertitles. There is a very funny scene where Mabel has a vision of her upcoming movie work and fantasizes herself portraying a screen "vamper", and also a cute little scene where she serves her fellow an Italian style dinner he just doesn't seem to appreciate, especially the "garlic sausage". Another scene that I thought was quite amusing featured Mabel in the beauty hospital, where she has just arrived and seen a poster on the wall showing a before and after drawing of a man who has had his nose "improved" via plastic surgery. Mabel is terrified that her nose will soon be "snipped" and when the woman running the hospital comes out carrying a giant pair of scissors - well, you can just guess what Mabel thinks! I am a big fan of Mabel Normand, she is one of my favorite stars from the silent era and I think she is just great in this film. Loads of fun.
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