Mabel's Busy Day

Mabel's Busy Day is a 1914 short comedy film starring Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin; the film was also written and directed by Mabel Normand. The supporting cast includes Chester Conklin, Slim Summerville, Edgar Kennedy, Al St. John, Charley Chase, and Mack Sennett.

Mabel's Busy Day
Mabel Normand in film
Directed byMabel Normand
Produced byMack Sennett
Written byMabel Normand
StarringMabel Normand
Charles Chaplin
Chester Conklin
Slim Summerville
Billie Bennett
Harry McCoy
Wallace MacDonald
Edgar Kennedy
Al St. John
Charley Chase
Mack Sennett
Henry Lehrman
CinematographyFrank D. Williams
Distributed byKeystone Studios
Release date
June 13, 1914
Running time
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Entrepreneur Mabel (Mabel Normand) tries to sell hot dogs at a car race. She bribes a policeman with one of her treats to gain access to the race course but does not do a very good business once she is inside. Meanwhile, Charlie tangles with another police officer but still crashes the gate. He is pursued by the policeman. Mabel sets down her box of hot dogs and leaves them unattended for a moment. Charlie finds the box and freely gives the hot dogs away to hungry spectators at the track. Mabel finds out that Charlie has stolen her box of hot dogs and sends the police after him. Chaos ensues.


Motion Picture News commented, "Any comedy with Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand as the leads is sure to be an immense success. There is no plot at all, but the events that transpire in the one reel are side-splitting."

A reviewer from Bioscope wrote, "The business in question consists of selling sausages on a racecourse, may be imagined that pretty Mabel's business is strenuous and mirth-provoking. The fun never flags, and is well up to the Keystone average."

The review in Motion Picture World stated, "In this comedy, the usual strenuous work of the Keystone artists, headed by Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin, almost makes the screen on which it is thrown visibly wobble."


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