Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood, ... See full summary »
The Nickel Hopper is a true museum piece. It hearkens back to a time and place which have no relevance in todays' world. Old values and customs fairly make this film creak, but it is a chance to see first-hand the comedic genius of Mabel Normand. She had a true gift for comedy, with superb timing and subtle facial and body gestures - and she was in her element in this picture.
I haven't seen a lot of her films but having read about her career and judging from comments in discussions with others, I imagine this is pretty typical of her style. There is a humorous bit or two in almost every shot and here she is backed up by some Hollywood heavyweights in Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson and Boris Karloff. Stan Laurel is also given a writing credit for this one.
It may be dated but it's great fun.
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