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Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 9 February 1914 (USA)
In a hotel lobby an inebriated Charlie runs into an elegant lady, gets tied hup in her dog's leash, and falls down. He later runs into her in the hotel corridor, locked out of her room. ... See full summary »

Director:

Mabel Normand

Writer:

Henry Lehrman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Charles Chaplin ... Drunk
Chester Conklin ... Husband
Alice Davenport Alice Davenport ... Wife
Harry McCoy ... Mabel's Admirer
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Storyline

In a hotel lobby an inebriated Charlie runs into an elegant lady, gets tied hup in her dog's leash, and falls down. He later runs into her in the hotel corridor, locked out of her room. They run through various rooms. Mabel ends up in one of an elderly husband where she hides under the bed. Enter the jealous wife and Mabel's lover. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pajamas See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Banned by Swedish censors, who found it "brutalising" because of the amorous scenes. See more »

Goofs

After Mabel is discovered under the bed, her dog disappears without explanation and is not seen again. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tron (2010) See more »

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Mabel's Strange Predicament should satisfy some fans of early Chaplin
29 July 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Mabel's Strange Predicament is the second film in which Charlie Chaplin dresses in costume as The Little Tramp (the first being Kid Auto Races in Venice). In here, he's just a drunk who's infatuated with the title character played by Ms. Normand. She's a lady who has a dog that she takes with her to the hotel room where, after dressing in her pajamas, gets locked out of with dog still inside. After Charlie chases her upstairs, she goes to another room where an elderly man lives and hides under his bed. Also mixed up in this are her suitor and the elderly man's wife. Most of the highlights are from Mabel's under-bed hiding and the slapstick that ensues when she's found out as well as some of Chaplin's falls from either being hit or just simply staggering. Should be amusing enough for fans of early silent comedy and the two stars especially very curious Chaplin enthusiasts.


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