Fun Size Review: Mabel at the Wheel (1914)

Mabel Normand directs and stars in this peppy bit of race car comedy fun. A very green Charlie Chaplin is on hand as her jilted suitor and when he tries to sabotage her current boyfriend’s auto race, Mabel, well, takes the wheel.

This film is as light as a feather but it is an excellent showcase for Normand’s talents and she is just as cute as a bug. A must-see for her fans.

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

Mabel wins the race, of course!

Read my full-length review here, in which I debunk some of the nastier myths that have marred Normand’s reputation as a director.

If it were a dessert it would be: Spun Sugar. Sure, it melts at the drop of a hat but it’s meant to be eaten, not put on display.

Availability: The best version on the market is included in the Chaplin at Keystone box set from Flicker Alley,


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  1. Marie Roget

    This is a favorite Normand short- loved when you wrote a full-length review of it! Mabel exudes such exuberance on the screen in Mabel at the Wheel- just really fun to watch her. The cherry on top is that Mabel Normand really was “at the wheel” in every sense on this one 😀

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