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Mabel Normand (left, foreground) and Charles Chaplin.
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Mabel’s Strange Predicament
Also known as L’étrange aventure de Mabel and Charlot à l’hôtel in France; Hotel Mix Up in the USA
(1914) American
B&W : One reel
Directed by Mabel Normand

Cast: Mabel Normand [Mabel], Charles Chaplin [the bothersome drunk], Alice Davenport [an indignant hotel guest], Chester Conklin [her husband], Harry McCoy [Mabel’s suitor], [?] Frank Cooley? [the hotel desk clerk], Al St. John [a bell hop], Hank Mann [the moustached hotel guest in pajamas], [?] Billy Gilbert [a bell hop]?, [?] ? [offended woman in lobby chair], [?] ? [woman rocking in lobby chair], Henry Lehrman [a hotel guest in lobby], William Hauber [a hotel guest], Sadie Lampe [a hotel guest]

The Keystone Film Company production; distributed by Mutual Film Corporation. / Produced by Mack Sennett. Scenario by [?] Henry Lehrman? Cinematography by [?] Frank D. Williams and/or Hans F. Koenekamp? / No copyright registration. Released 9 February 1914. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Working title: Pajamas. [?] Completed or shipped? on 20 January 1914. The film was released in Spain on 17 September 1915. The film was rereleased in the USA as Hotel Mix Up by W.H. Productions. [?] Listed by Edmonds-Arbuckle p. 60 as directed by Henry Lehrman.


Survival status: Print exists [16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Alcohol: Drunkeness, Flasks - Animals: Dogs - Biting - Canes - Clothing: Pyjamas - Embarrassment - Furniture: Beds, Chairs - Hats: Bowler - Hotels: Bell hops, Clerks, Lobbies, Rooms - Money - Spitoons - Tobacco: Cigarettes

Listing updated: 22 September 2012.

References: Film viewing : Brownlow-Parade p. 498; Edmonds-Arbuckle p. 60; Fussell-Normand p. 256; Jacobs-Chaplin pp. 29, 135; Lahue-Kops p. 144; Lahue-Mack p. 294; Lahue-World p. 78; Sinyard-Silent p. 100; Tarbox-Lost pp. 125, 279 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

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