Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco (1915) Poster

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Highly recommended to nostalgia and comedy fans.
pmsusana19 February 2001
This short film is both a comedy and an educational film, and works very well both ways as Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand take us on a tour of the 1915 exposition's biggest attractions. Frequent co-stars Arbuckle and Normand had great comic chemistry, and there are quite funny moments along the way: Fatty getting popped in the face by Mabel after nearly slamming the spiked Iron Maiden on her, and opera star Ernestine Schumann-Heink's horrified reaction when Fatty attempts to sing for her. The film is also priceless as nostalgia, giving us a unique look at an America long vanished, and at a San Francisco still rebuilding after the 1906 earthquake. The film concludes with stunning night-time shots.
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Mabel Normand and Roscoe Arbuckle visiting the Fair
Cristi_Ciopron11 November 2009
Warning: Spoilers
MABEL AND FATTY VIEWING THE WORLD'S FAIR AT SAN FRANCISCO is a documentary reel, made with the design of promoting the respective Fair or of providing faraway citizens with an image of how that Fair looked, Mabel and Fatty being visitors to the Fair and in fact only a pretext to show tourist attractions which are nowadays curiosities.

If you wish to see a Jitney Bus Brigade, Hotel S. Francis (--huge, yeah, but as ugly as it gets--), the new City Hall, Rolph, an 'iron maiden', take a look at this promotional reel. Also, if you enjoy an occasional glimpse of Fatty being clumsy, etc.. He's slapped by Mabel for pushing her into the iron maiden. Otherwise, the reel is essentially vulgar and unhealthily enthralled by the instruments of torture on a prisoners' ship—sensationalism under the disguise of a compassionate denouncing of the methods used once upon a time. More for San Francisco or rather for torture methods fans.
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Mabel and Fatty guides us to the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair
tavm28 July 2007
This is a wonderful time capsule of Mabel and Fatty at the height of their fame guiding us through the sights of the San Francisco World's Fair of 1915. See Fatty try to impress opera singer Mme. Ernestine Schumann-Heink with his "warbling". See him almost trip as he and Mabel are walking down some steps with Mayor James Rolph, Jr. See Mabel slap him for almost closing the Iron Maiden (which has spikes on the back of the door) on her! We also see a ship that brought some prisoners from England to Australia with heavy chains on them and a nighttime view of the fairgrounds including that of the 1915 building entrance. Definitely worth a look for documentary and silent movie buffs.
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