Series: Mabel Normand

Director: F. Richard Jones, Hal Yates
Producer: Hal Roach
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Photography:
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Stars: Mabel Normand, James Finlayson, Max Davidson, Theodore von Eltz
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 02 January 1927
Length: 2 reels*
Production No.: H-12
Filming dates: September 21 - October 12, 1926
Rating: -/10


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The previously-ugly Mrs. De Puyster (NORA HAYDEN) is recovering from having had a face lift when her manager Granville (MAX DAVIDSON) brings her a marriage contract between herself and the Prince of Poronia. Granville stands to earn $1m (in 1927?) if he can persuade the prince to marry her. The French surgeon who performed the surgery (LEO WHITE) unwraps the bandages from Mrs. De Puyster to reveal something that resembles the Frankenstein monster and reminds his patient not to get excited or else her face may 'slip'. Mabel is working in a cleaning & pressing store when she accidentally takes a drink of gasoline (like you do). When she sees her mistake she is quick to breathe in the direction of her boss (JAMES FINLAYSON) who has just berated her and then lit a cigar. Eventually he extinguishes the flames by sticking his head in a water bucket.
Mabel is told to deliver Mrs. De Puyster's gown but when she tries to board the streetcar she is trampled by about 30 others all aiming for a seat at the same time. Mabel catches the next car but her package containing the gown is thrown out of the window by a passenger (NOAH YOUNG). The gown falls to the ground and is trampled by a horse and cart.

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Favourite bit
FAV SCENE

Trivia
Copyrighted December 31, 1926.
Some sources say this was released as a 2-reel short, other sources say it was 3 reel.
Notice how when Mabel picks up the bottle of gasoline (you can get gasoline in glass bottles now?) how she faces the label very deliberately towards the camera.
Seriously, how could somebody NOT know that their head is on fire?!
It seems that basic common sense is in short supply in this film when approximately 30 people all try to board the streetcar at the same time. I mean, what is wrong with people?
My opinion
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Mabel Normand
Little girl
James Finlayson
Mabel's boss
Max Davidson
Granville
Theodore von Eltz
Prince Chevalier of Poronia
Nora Hayden
Mrs. Minnie De Puyster
Gustav von Seyffertitz
Chancellor Gherkin
Leo White
Monsieur Roquefort, French surgeon
Silas D. Wilcox
Party guest
Ham Kinsey
Streetcar hopeful
Noah Young
Streetcar passenger
Harry Bowen
Streetcar conductor
Ed Brandenburg
Streetcar passenger

UNIDENTIFIED CAST

CREDITS (click image to enlarge) INTERTITLES [TO BE COMPLETED] (click image to enlarge)

LOBBY CARDS
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SHOT ON THE BACK LOT
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SHOT ON LOCATION
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