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Mabel’s Strange Predicament
Directed by Mabel Normand • 1914 • United States
Starring Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin, Chester Conklin
This short farce is often only discussed as the screen debut of Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp (here more lecherous and inebriated than in later incarnations). However, director Mabel Normand, who also stars, captures the chaotic slapstick violence with expert clarity, staging for the camera a comedy of manners and miscommunication.