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Mabel At The Wheel

Big mabel at the wheel
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Chaplin—costumed in top hat, frock coat, and sporting a goatee—was impersonating the 'Dutch' (immigrant German) screen character of Ford Sterling, the former Keystone comedian whom Chaplin was hired to replace. The comedy, the first two-reeler in which he appeared, incorporates footage taken at the Vanderbilt Cup road race in Santa Monica on February 26, 1914. The production was an unhappy one for Chaplin. He was in disagreement with director Mabel Normand—who lacked the approach to comedy he had learned with Karno—and disliked the idea of imitating Sterling. The happy outcome of the experience was the promise Chaplin received from Sennett to allow him to direct future films. Finished and shipped: March 31, 1914 Released: April 18, 1914 Scenario: Mabel Normand/Mack Sennett Producer: Mack Sennett Director: Mabel Normand/Mack Sennett Length: Two reels
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