Filmography

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Due to the fickle nature of the internet, we have uploaded all current copies of Mabel Normand films from archive.org, which are free for public domain use.  While a handful of these films exist in better condition, but it is illegal to use a restoration or musical score under copyright (thus why you wonder why you can’t find the good version of Nosferatu on youtube.)  Any film before 1923 is automatically public domain.  It has been found that all of Mabel’s films, including past 1923, are public domain as the copyrights weren’t renewed.  Up til 2014 restored Mabel Normand films have been a rarity, but where they exist they are denoted with purchase link below.

Due to the limitations on the versions we can upload legally, I have created a scale to rate what you are seeing on youtube.  This will be included in every description of her films uploaded on our channel.  The ratings go 1 to 5.

1: This is a very poor quality, sorry we can’t give you better.  It is likely blurry, hard to understand or see the actors, and may even be the wrong speed thus making the film look more frantic than it should be.  This is what most people think of when they think silent comedy and that is inaccurate, many of these Keystones have been restored to HD quality and look like they were made yesterday.  Oh and paper prints, thanks to a dip in the 50s a lot of perfectly good Biograph films were put on paper prints, making the quality much poorer (Mabel’s paper prints are better than some I’ve seen.)

2: While not as bad as 1, this is still not a good representation.  The speed and quality of the picture may make it hard to enjoy.

3: This is…livable.  It is unrestored, but clear enough to understand with an acceptable enough speed.  This is the average quality of a lot of the Keystones public domain available.

4: Slightly better.  Not restored, but just persevered with a clear picture and is shown at a solid speed.

5: This is ideal.  This is like restored (or restored but legally able to use), almost HD or HD, perfect speed and perfect score.  This is what silent film is REALLY like.  It should be noted while all the copies on youtube rarely count as 5s, many of the Fatty Arbuckle and Chaplin Mabel shorts have been restored and are for sale via those companies (Laugh Smith and whoever the Chaplin estate is licensing to.)

When a better version is available for purchase, we will point you to it with its own score of quality.  I tried to use only strictly public domain or licensed items (such as music).  In three instances I was unable to do this and want to give proper credit: A Grocery Clerk’s Romance is from the Fort Lee Film Project used to promote restoring a hotel in the film (they were able to so yay!).  Won in a Cupboard is from the New Zealand archives funded by the National Film Foundation, but with my own score.  And finally Molly O I didn’t upload at all but will link to their version as someone took a lot of time and funding to restore it to what it is now.  There’s a few Mabel related items (documentaries and shows) that once I’ve had a chance to properly review I will then add if they aren’t highly inaccurate.

If you own rights to a restoration or score (or would like to share one) please contact us

Survival Rate:

49% of Mabel’s films exist as of 2015 (95 films including cameos).

Click below to watch the individual film.

Filmography:

Anything linked goes to a copy of that film.  Anything in bold denotes it exists in an archive but is not publicly available

VITAGRAPH:

#1 Indiscretions of Betty (1910)
#2 Over the Garden Wall (1910)
#4 Betty Becomes a Maid (1911)
#5  Troublesome Secretaries (1911, with John Bunny)
#6 His Mother (1911)
#7 When a Man’s Married His Trouble Begins (1911)
#8 A Dead Man’s Honor (1911)
#9 The Changing of Silas Marner (1911)
#10 The Subduing of Mrs. Nag (1911)
#11 How Betty Won (1911)

BIOGRAPH SHORTS:

#3 Wilful Peggy (1910, with Mary Pickford, earliest surviving Mabel film appearance.)
#12 Diving Girl (1911, MOMA, LOC)
#13 The Baron (1911)
#14 The Squaw’s Love (1911)
#15 Her Awakening (1911, MOMA)
#16 The Making of a Man (1911, MOMA)
#17 The Unveiling (1911, MOMA)
#18 Through His Wife’s Picture (1911, MOMA)
#19 Victim of Circumstances (1911, MOMA)
#20 Saved From Himself (1911)
#21 *Why He Gave Up (1911, MOMA)
#22 The Eternal Mother (1912, Blanche Sweet)
#23 The Mender of Nets (1912, Mary Pickford)
#24  The Fatal Chocolate (1912, MOMA)
#25  The Engagement Ring (1912)
#26  A Spanish Dilemma (1912)
#27  Hot Stuff (1912)
#28  Oh, Those Eyes (1912)
#29 Help! Help! (1912)
#30 The Brave Hunter (1912)
#31 The Fickle Spaniard (1912)
#32 The Furs (1912)
#34 When Kings Were the Law (1912, MOMA)
#35 Helen’s Marriage (1912)
#36 Tomboy Bessie (1912)
#37 Neighbors (1912)
#38 Katchem Kate (1912)
#39 A Dash Through the Clouds (1912, has been restored on the Flicker Alley set)
#40 What the Doctor Ordered (1912)
#41 The Tourists (1912)
#42 Tragedy of the Dress Suit (1912)
#43 An Interrupted Elopement (1912)
#44 Mr. Grouch at the Seashore (1912, MOMA)
#45 He Must Have a Wife (1912, LOC)

KEYSTONE MUTUAL SHORTS:

#46 Cohen Collects a Debt
#47 The Water Nymph (1912, considered her Keystone debut by most, likely makes Mabel the first bathing beauty, has been restored on the Flicker Alley set)
#48 The New Neighbor (1912)
#49 Stolen Glory (1912)
#50 Pedro’s Dilemma (1912)
#51 The Beating He Needed (1912)
#52 The Flirting Husband (1912)
#53 The Ambitious Butler (1912)
#54 Grocery Clerk’s Romance (1912, has been restored on the Flicker Alley set)
#55 At Coney Island (1912)
#56 Mabel’s Lovers (1912)
#57 At It Again (1912)
#58 Temperamental Husband (1912)
#59 The Deacon’s Troubles (1912)
#60 The Rivals (1912)
#61 Mr. Fix-It (1912)
#62 A Desperate Lover (1912)
#63 Pat’s Day Off (1912)
#64 Brown’s Seance (1912)
#65 A Midnight Elopement (1912)
#66 A Family Mixup (1912)
#67 Mabel’s Adventures (1912, Niles Film Museum)
#68 The Drummer’s Vacation (1912)
#69 Mabel’s Stratagem (1912)
#70 The Duel (1912)
#71 Saving Mabel’s Dad (1913)
#72 The Cure That Failed (1913, NFA-London)
#73 The Mistaken Masher (1913)
#74 The Deacon Outwitted (1913)
#75 Mabel’s Stormy Love Affair (1913)
#76 A Doctored Affair (1913)
#77 A Red Hot Romance (1913)
#78 The Professor’s Daughter (1913)
#79 A Tangled Affair (1913)
#80 Mabel’s Heroes (1913)
#81 Heinze’s Resurrection (1913)
#82 The Battle of Who Run (1913)
#83 Just Brown’s Luck (1913)
#84 Her New Beau (1913)
#85 At Twelve O’Clock (1913)
#86 The Rube and the Baron (1913)
#87 Foiling Fickle Father (1913)
#88 A Strong Revenge (1913)
#89 The Rural Third Degree (1913)
#90 The Sleuths at the Floral Parade (1913)
#91 Bangville Police (1913, debut of the Keystone Cops, has been restored on the Flicker Alley set)
#92 Father’s Choice (1913)
#93 Those Good Old Days (1913)
#94 Hide and Seek (1913)
#95 Mabel’s Awful Mistake (1913, Eastman)
#96 The Foreman of the Jury (1913)
#97 Hubby’s Job (1913)
#98 A Little Hero (1913)
#99  That Ragtime Band (1913, has pie throwing but Noise From The Deep is considered first pie in the face)
# 100 The Champion (1913)
#101 For the Love of Mabel (1913)
#102 The Waiters’ Picnic (1913)
#103 The Hansom Driver (1913)
#104 The Speed Queen (1913)
#105 Passions, He Had Three (1913, first pairing with Fatty Arbuckle as a team)
#106 Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913, famous girl tied to the tracks moment)
#107 Professor Bean’s Removal (1913)
#108 Love and Courage (1913)
#109 A Noise From the Deep (1913, MOMA. Considered first pieing in film between Roscoe and Mabel)
#110 The Telltale Light (1913)
#111 Mabel’s New Hero (1913)
#112 Baby Day (1913)
#113 The Riot (1913)
#114 The Speed Kings (1913, has been restored on the Flicker Alley set)
#115 The Bowling Match (1913)
#116 When Dreams Come True (1913, Eastman)
#117 The Faithful Taxicab (1913)
#118 The Gypsy Queen (1913)
#119 Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913)
#120 Fatty’s Flirtation (1913)
#121 Cohen Saves the Flag (1913)
#122 A Muddy Romance (1913)
#123 Love Sickness at Sea (1913)
#124 Zuzu, the Band Leader (1913)
#125 The Gusher (1913)
#126 A Misplaced Foot (1914)
#127 A Glimpse of Los Angeles (1914)
#128 ? Mabel’s Bare Escape aka Mabel’s Bear Escape (1914)
#129 Won in a Cupboard (1914)
#130 Love and Gasoline (1914)
#131 Mabel’s Strange Predicament (1914, debut of Charlie Chaplin as the Tramp, first film paired with Chaplin, Normand would be the only woman to write and direct for Chaplin in his career)
(Mabel would make a cameo in A Film Johnnie as herself around this time)
#132 Mack at It Again (1914)
#133 Mabel at the Wheel (1914)
#134 Where Hazel Met the Villain (1914)
#135 Caught in a Cabaret (1914, with Charlie Chaplin)
#136 Mabel’s Busy Day (1914)
#137 Mabel’s Married Life (1914 with Charlie Chaplin)
#138 The Fatal Mallet (1914)
#139 Her Friend the Bandit (1914)
#140 Mabel’s New Job (1914)
#141 The New York Girl (1914)
#142 Those Country Kids (1914)
#143 Mabel’s Blunder (1914)
#144 Mabel’s Latest Prank (1914)
#145 Gentlemen of Nerve (1914)
#146 Hello, Mabel (1914)
#147 His Trysting Place (1914)
#148 Lovers’ Post Office (1914)
#149 Fatty’s Jonah Day (1914, MOMA)
#151 Fatty’s Wine Party (1914)
#152 The Sea Nymphs (1914, DF)
#153 How Heroes Are Made (1914, Blackhawk)
#154 Getting Acquainted (1914, Charlie Chaplin)
#155 Mabel, Fatty and the Law (1915)
#156 Fatty and Mabel at San Diego Exposition (1915)
#157 Mabel and Fatty’s Simple Life (1915)
#158 Mabel and Fatty’s Wash Day (1915)
#159 Fatty and Mabel’s Married Life (1915)
#160 That Little Band of Gold (1915)
#161 Mabel & Fatty Viewing The World Fair-At San Francisco (1915)
#162 Wished on Mabel (1915)
#163 Mabel’s Wilful Way (1915)
#164 Their Social Splash (1915)
#165 The Little Teacher (1915)
#166 Mabel Lost and Won (1915)

TRIANGLE KEYSTONE SHORTS:

#167 My Valet (1915, Eastman)
#168 Stolen Magic (1915)
#169 Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1915, when Keystone joined Triangle both Fatty and Mabel paired again, restored on the Flicker Alley set)
#170 He Did and He Didn’t (1915, Fatty Arbuckle)
#171 Bright Lights (1915)

HAL ROACH SHORTS:

#193 Raggedy Rose (1926, written by Stan Laurel)
#194 The Nickel-Hopper (1926, written by Laurel, featured Oliver Hardy and Boris Karloff in minor parts)
#195 Anything Once! (1927)
#196 Should Men Walk Home? (1927, featuring Hardy this time)
#197 ? One Hour Married (1927, her last film.  Its survival is disputed, its claimed to exist, but no proof has been shown it does)

FEATURES:

KEYSTONE FEATURE:

#150 Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914, first full length comedy film, Charlie Chaplin and Marie Dressler)

TRIANGLE/KEYSTONE FEATURE:

#172 Oh Mabel Behave (made in 1915, released in 1922, Cinematheque francaise)

MABEL NORMAND FEATURE FILM COMPANY:

#173 Mickey (1916, released in 1918.  Several variations survive and a restoration is currently underway)

GOLDWYN PRODUCTIONS:

#174 Dodging a Million (1918)
#175 The Floor Below (1918, Filmmuseum, print has Dutch subtitles)
#176 Joan of Plattsburg (1918)
#177 The Venus Model (1918)
#178 Back to the Woods (1918)
#179 Peck’s Bad Girl (1918)
#180 A Perfect 36 (1918)
#181 Sis Hopkins (1919)
#182 The Pest (1919)
#183 When Doctors Disagree (1919, Cunematheque Royale)
#184 Upstairs (1919)
#185 The Jinx (1919)
#186 Pinto (1920)
#187 What Happened to Rosa (1920, wasn’t released until 1922)
#188 The Slim Princess (1920)
#189 Head Over Heels (1922, AFI)

MACK SENNETT PRODUCTIONS:

#190 Molly O (1921, much like Mickey, several versions exist.  UCLA appears to have the most complete version)
#191 Suzanna (1922, fragmented, MOMA)
#192 The Extra Girl (1923, one of the most complete circulating features, last feature made, has been restored on the Flicker Alley set)