Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day (1915)

  |  Comedy, Short


It's wash day. Mabel works hard while her husband sleeps in. Next door, Fatty works hard while his wife bosses him about and dresses up to go out. The two neighbors meet outside: Fatty ... See full summary »


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4 April 2005 | jackmagicjck2
6
| Not outstanding, but cute, enjoyable, and interesting
This was a cute little short, and an interesting one at that too. It certainly nothing outstanding. I saw this movie on Turner Classic Movies. I am someone who is very interested in film history and i have read many things on the lives of the film's two stars Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle. It is very ironic how both these stars were involved with murder scandals at the same time. Mabel Normand was seen with director William Desmond Taylor just a few short minutes before he was shot dead, and her association with the womanizing director destroyed her career and she never acted again. She died of tuberculosis in 1936. Her frequent co-star Fatty Arbuckle was at around the same time involved with a similar scandal. At a party at San Fransisco's St. Francis Hotel, a young actress Virginia Rappe, a notorious party girl fainted after drinking way too much. She awoke to Fatty applying ice to her thigh and she screamed he was trying to rape her. She died a few days later. The media portrayed her as an innocent 'real life' Snow White when in reality she was anything but that. However Fatty was put on trial for her murder. Even though he was acquitted, in fact the jury later apologized to him the scandal destroyed his career as well. He died of a heart attack in 1933. The film itself is very simple, nothing really outstanding. But i must say after reading so much about these two and seeing so many still photos of them it is interesting to see the two of them in motion. They are both very cute and likable when on screen together. They have some quirky moments together such as when they are putting laundry on the clothesline and they accidentally exchanged underwear. It certainly not genius but there is just something so sweet about the two of them together. The tragedy and scandals surrounding both their lives only adds to their mystique.

Fatty and Mabel R.I.P.

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Genres

Comedy | Short

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Release Date:

14 January 1915

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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