Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mabel Normand Film Discovered Intact

A treasure trove of American silent films from the 1910s and 1920s have been discovered in a vault in Australia.

Among them is the film Won in a Closet (Keystone Film Company, 1914), the first surviving movie directed by and starring Mabel Normand.

Normand was an American silent film comedian and actress and is noted as one of the film industry's first female screenwriters, producers, and directors. Onscreen she co-starred in commercially successful films with Charlie Chaplin and Roscow Arbuckle, occasionally writing and directing movies featuring Chaplin. At the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Normand had her own movie studio and production company.

There's treasure everywhere!

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