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Mabel’s Strange Predicament (1914)

Mabel's Strange Predicament - Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin in the hotel lobby
Mabel’s Strange Predicament—Charlie Chaplin—February 9, 1914 Mabel’s Strange Predicament is a short film, 17 minutes long, starring Mabel Normand, with Charlie Chaplin as the villain of the picture.   Mabel Normand was, at the time, a major film star, as well as one of the first female movie...
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Caught in a Cabaret (1914)

Caught in a Cabaret, starring Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin
Caught in a Cabaret—Charlie Chaplin originally released April 27, 1914 Another Mabel Normand film where Charlie Chaplin begins to steal the show, Caught in a Cabaret has Charlie the Little Tramp overworked as a waiter in a cafe, who gets a free hour off from work and unexpectedly...
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Mabel’s Busy Day (1914)

Mabel's Busy Day - Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand
Mabel’s Busy Day—Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand originally released June 13, 1914 Mabel’s Busy Day has Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand returning to auto races, this time as spectators.   Mabel is trying to make some money selling hot dogs—mostly unsuccessfully, due to customers that try to walk away...
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Mabel’s Married Life (1914)

Mabel's Married Life - Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin
Mabel’s Married Life, starring Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand, originally released June 20, 1914 Mabel’s 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...
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Mabel at the Wheel (1914)

Mabel at the Wheel - Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand
Mabel at the Wheel – Charlie Chaplin originally released April 18, 1914 In Mabel at the Wheel, Charlie Chaplin is not playing his familiar tramp clown, but a generic movie villain.   The basic premise has the villainous Charlie trying to win a race by hook or crook,...
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The Fatal Mallet (1914)

The Fatal Mallet—Charlie Chaplin  short silent film originally released June 1, 1914 The Fatal Mallet is pure slapstick from beginning to end.   The film begins with Mack Sennet walking with his girl, Mabel Normand.   Charlie Chaplin tries to steal her away, and when that fails, he...
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Caught in the Rain (1914)

Caught in the Rain - Charlie Chaplin
Caught in the Rain—Charlie Chaplin short film originally released May 4, 1914 Caught in the Rain is another early Charlie Chaplin film from Keystone Studios, where the character of Charlie the little tramp isn’t quite what we’re used to from his later work.   Slightly tipsy, Charlie tries...
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Making a Living (1914)

Making a Living - Charlie Chaplin as a stereotypical Keystone villain
Making A Living, made in 1914 for the Keystone movie studio, was Charlie Chaplin‘s first movie role.   In many ways, it is a typical Keystone picture, short (15 minutes) with lots of slapstick and energy.   Charlie Chaplin is not his well-known tramp clown here.
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Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914)

Tillie's Punctured Romance, starring Marie Dressler and Charlie Chaplin - available for download from Amazon.com
 movie review of Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914) starring Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand In Tillie;s Punctured Romance, Charlie Chaplin is not playing his beloved Little Tramp character.   Instead, he plays a city slicker, a con man who, after a fight with his girlfriend (Mabel Normand), has...
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