Fatty is a farm hand at Mabel's father's place. He and Mabel love each other, but dad wants to marry Mabel off to the landowner's son in exchange for tearing up the mortgage. When Mabel and...
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Fatty is a farm hand at Mabel's father's place. He and Mabel love each other, but dad wants to marry Mabel off to the landowner's son in exchange for tearing up the mortgage. When Mabel and Fatty find out dad's plan, they elope, pursued by dad, the hopeful suitor, and the local constables.Written by
Even in 1915, this couldn't have drawn many laughs
When TCM showed this recently, as picked by guest programmer John Landis, I was puzzled that Landis raved so about it.
Mabel Normand was a doll, a thoroughly likable woman, and probably the greatest female comic in early movies.
Roscoe Arbuckle was usually just a clot, surprisingly agile for one of his size, but seldom funny ... to me, anyway, but he was a big star in those early days so I guess many thousands did find him funny.
Al St. John, on the other hand, was brilliantly funny, most of the time, if he had any material at all to work with. (Supposedly he got into film just because he had nothing else to do at the time and, heck, he had an in: His uncle was the big star, Roscoe Arbuckle.)
Alas, this film gave them very little to work with.
Mabel had a couple good scenes, but mostly this movie just moved, but without any point.
You gotta see it, though, just to marvel at how comedy evolved.
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