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Silent Sunday Nights - January 2014
Remind Me

Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition

Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand play a pair of bumbling rubes who visit, and disrupt, the various highlights of the San Diego Exposition. From the parade to the experimental wicker vehicles to the cultural displays and hula dancers, there's no part of the Expo Fatty and Mabel can't wreak havoc upon.

Directed by Arbuckle himself, this short exemplifies a cost-saving strategy often employed by producer Mack Sennett--send funny people to some real-life place or event, and let them improvise. The result sparkles with more of Arbuckle's wry wit than typically found a place amidst the Keystone violence--this film sees one of the world's most beloved movie stars apparently goggle-eyed at the prospect of seeing how movies are made, and allows Roscoe a chance to interact with a Charlie Chaplin impersonator (Harry McCoy).

By David Kalat