Mabel Normand contemplates the world wide web.
Another interesting silent website has cropped up, once again the devoted work of Marilyn Slater and David B. Pearson, devoted to the life, work and legacy of silent comedienne Mabel Normand. Titled Madcap Mabel, it chronicles her success in film, as one of the few women to star in comedy features after working with the likes of Charles Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle, and her slide into scandal and an all-too-early death, just as the age of talking pictures was getting underway.
I sometimes wonder if Mabel's life had gone differently, without scandals like the murder of William Desmond Taylor to sully her reputation. Certainly her feature The Extra Girl deserves to be ranked with the works of the likes of Langdon and Lloyd.
There are also a handful of movie clips, like this one from The Water Nymph (although it lacks a certain...something...that was vividly apparent when I saw it projected in 16mm on a big screen).
Pearson is also one of the forces behind The Blue Book of the Screen and Stars of the Silent Photoplay as mentioned elsewhere in these pages.
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