Mabelâs Married Life, starring Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand, originally released June 20, 1914
Mabelâs Married Life is another early Charlie Chaplin comedy from Keystone Studios. By this time, the studio was aware of what a large box office draw Charlie Chaplin was, which explains why they kept teaming him with Mabel Normand, one of their largest stars. In this particular short silent film, Charlie and Mabel are married, but Charlie is too timid (or has too strong a sense of self-preservation) to step in when another man (Mack Swain, one of Charlie Chaplinâs regulars) tries to hit upon his wife romantically. Charlie is crushed, his self-confidence gone, feeling that he has utterly failed his wifeâand like so many other men in that situation, he goes to a bar and gets drunk.
In the meantime, Mabel decides to do something more constructive, and purchases a boxing dummy, in hopes that Charlie can build up both his muscles and his confidence. However, itâs much later that evening when a now-tipsy Charlie finally comes home, and sees the boxing dummyâthinking that itâs the masher, Charlie attacks the dummy, in the movieâs funniest scene.
Trivia about Mabelâs Married Life starring Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand
Also released as:
- Charlies rival (Sweden)
- Charlot, en la vida conyugal (Spain)
- The Squarehead
- When You’re Married