A married couple are visiting a park, when the husband gets involved in an altercation with an organ grinder. A little later, the wife is home by herself, as the husband has gone away in a cab. When her husband stops back briefly to pick up something, she mistakes him for a burglar. Then, when the organ grinder happens by the neighborhood, it's more than the wife's nerves can take.Written by
Fair Beginning, Builds Up Into Some Good Material In the Later Sequences
While a lot of the material in this Mabel Normand/Roscoe Arbuckle feature is somewhat routine by their standards, it eventually builds up the situation rather well into a funny final sequence. Both of the two stars are engaging, as usual, throughout the movie, so that it is still watchable even in the less impressive stretches.
The story has 'Fatty', as Mabel's husband, leaving Mabel by herself at home, where she becomes increasingly worried over a series of minor but odd events. Much of the earlier part of it features gags that are not all that creative, but this part of the story is pretty much necessary to set up the better parts towards the end, when things get more manic and entertaining.
Normand and Arbuckle do their usual solid job in performing all of the material. Mabel plays up her character's agitation a little more broadly than she usually handles such scenes, but the effect works.
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