A Perfect 36

A Perfect 36 is a 1918 American silent comedy film directed by Charles Giblyn, written by Tex Charwate, and starring Mabel Normand and Rod La Rocque.[1] The plot involves Normand's clothes being stolen in a mixup while she was swimming, necessitating her spending most of the film running around naked trying to straighten everything out.

A Perfect 36
Film still with Mabel Normand
Directed byCharles Giblyn
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Written byTex Charwate
StarringMabel Normand
Rod La Rocque
CinematographyLouis Physioc
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • October 21, 1918 (1918-10-21)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



Like many American films of the time, A Perfect 36 was subject to restrictions and cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required a cut, in Reel 4, of four closeups of the young woman on the diving board.[2]


  1. A Perfect 36, retrieved 2018-08-19
  2. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (26): 42. December 21, 1918.

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