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Won in a Closet (1914)

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Credited cast:
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Charles Inslee ... Her father, the constable
Charles Avery ... Mabel's Sweetheart
Alice Davenport Alice Davenport ... His mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Cogley
Frank Cooley Frank Cooley
William Hauber William Hauber


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Release Date:

22 January 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Won in a Cupboard See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This film, previously thought to be lost, was recently discovered in New Zealand. This makes the film (as of this writing, 2015) the oldest surviving film directed by and starring Mabel Normand. See more »

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Don't Come Knocking When the Closet's Rocking
7 August 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mabel Normand stars and even directs this Keystone farce. Like many of them, it gives a slapstick twist to a D.W. Griffith piece, under whom Sennett and Normand had worked. In this case, the immediate source looks to be AN UNSEEN ENEMY.

Unfortunately, it is a rather poor effort, despite some interesting split-screen work. Mabel and Charles Avery are the young rustic lovers. Meanwhile, their parents are indulging in such lascivious activities as chin-chucking, when the approach of the young 'uns causes them to hide in a closet. On finding someone in the closet, the kids call the cops...

The shenanigans offered in this one are uninspired for the Keystones of this period and the fact that the National Film Preservation Foundation has posted it to their website at sixteen frames a second makes it almost unwatchable -- you can see motion blur, one-word titles remain on the screen for four seconds and given that most one-reelers time in at eight minutes by the 1920s, the fifteen minutes this one takes to play out is almost unbearable -- at a guess it should be projected at no fewer than nineteen frames a second. I'd avoid this one until some one puts it out at a suitable speed.

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