Mabel's Busy Day (1914) starring Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin directed by Mack Sennett Movie Review

Mabel's Busy Day (1914)   3/53/53/53/53/5




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Charlie Chaplin in Mabel's Busy Day (1914)

It's a Hotdog's Life

Having bribed a policeman with a hotdog to get into the races to try and sell her other hotdogs Mabel (Mabel Normand) has a bad day as she continuously falls a cropper to those trying to swindle her out of her dogs. But that is nothing when a cheeky young man (Charlie Chaplin) and starts causing mayhem by stealing her hotdogs and then getting into a series of brawls.

"Mabel's Busy Day" was Charlie Chaplin's 17th movie, released just 4 months after he made his debut with "Kid Auto Races at Venice" and whilst it saw him starring alongside Mabel Normand again it is a bit of a nothing little movie. I say that because there isn't anything that gets you going wow with a simple storyline which sees Chaplin in his Little Tramp costume causing some typical mayhem and getting into a chase/ fight with a cop. About the only thing which really caught my eye was a scene where Chaplin goes to slap a cop and spins 720 on the spot without wobbling.

But having said all that "Mabel's Busy Day" does hold a bit of interest for those more interested in the history of cinema as amongst the supporting cast there were the likes of Charley Chase and Al St. John. Even Mack Sennett owner of Keystone Production Company has a small role in the movie whilst also acting as director.

What this all boils down to is that there isn't a great deal to say about "Mabel's Busy Day" as it is just a typical early Charlie Chaplin movie which now is available to watch online for free.