Fatty and Mabel Adrift

Fatty and Mabel Adrift is a 1916 Keystone short comedy film starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, and Al St. John.

Fatty and Mabel Adrift
Theatrical poster to Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)
Directed byRoscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Produced byMack Sennett
Written byRoscoe "Fatty' Arbuckle
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • January 9, 1916 (1916-01-09)
Running time
34 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English (original intertitles)


The story involves Arbuckle as a farm boy marrying his sweetheart, Normand. They have their honeymoon with Fatty's dog Luke, at a cottage on the seashore. At high tide that night, Al St. John (Fatty's rival) and his confederates set the cottage adrift. Fatty and Mabel awaken the next morning to find themselves surrounded by water in their bedroom, and the house afloat.


Critical response

Variety gave the films a positive review, commenting that "the picture is amusing with some new and good effects, without the customary dose of messy slapstick one expects in a Keystone with these principals."

As was often the case in contemporary reviews of Arbuckle films, the direction of the film is singled out for praise, though it is not mentioned that Arbuckle himself is the director. The review mentions "a dandy lightning storm is a feature of the film and there are some pretty views of breakers rushing on to the shore."

The review found Al St. John's performance not as good as his usual work for Keystone, but added "The picture is a sure laugh maker and as it is fairly clean, it is the more worthy."[1]

Fatty and Mabel Adrift was the closing movie of the 56-film Arbuckle retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in April and May 2006 and was cited by the curators in the introductory remarks as their favorite of Arbuckle's work.

See also


  1. "Fatty and Mabel Adrift" (film review) in Variety Weekly. February 4, 1916.

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