Fun Size Review: Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913)

Mabel Normand is as cute as a button in this little comedy about a country girl who makes it big in the movies. Mabel is betrayed by her lover (Mack Sennett) but he’s in for a shock when he sees her on the silver screen!

Even in 1913, people taking their films too seriously was a source of comedy. Mack’s character is a total rube who believes everything he sees on the screen must be real, which, frankly, is just as timely now as it was in 1913. (I read it on the internet! It must be true!)


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Mack is set to shoot Ford but then he sees that the “villain” of the screen is a doting husband to Mabel and a doting father to their four children. He means to shoot Ford anyway but is thwarted when a bucket of water is dumped on his head.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Sour Patch Grapes. Cute little candies that have an unexpected sour punch.

Availability: Released on DVD as part of the Slapstick Encyclopedia.


  1. Marie Roget

    I loved your original post on Mabel’s Dramatic Career, so it’s great to see the fun sized one popping up. Lovely, funny Mabel, The Sugar on the Keystone Grapefruit. Thanks so much!

    Must confess: due to this film’s famous still from a movie house with Arbuckle and Sennett tussling in the audience (Normand looking coy on the screen) I bought my first ragtime sheet music to learn Spencer’s Barbed Wire Rag. Yep, fangirl 😉

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