The Diving Girl (1911)

With her uncle she visits the seashore and goes bathing with a party of her brother's friends. Uncle also takes a dip and is annoyed at the perilous performance of the girl. He orders her ... See full summary »

Director:

Mack Sennett
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fred Mace ... The Uncle
Mabel Normand ... The Niece
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... The Uncle's Friend
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... The Doctor
Robert Harron ... The Bellboy
Donald Crisp ... A Bather
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... A Bather
Guy Hedlund ... A Bather
Joseph Graybill ... A Bather
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Dillon ... A Bather
Dell Henderson ... A Bather
Florence Lee Florence Lee ... A Bather
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... A Bather
J. Waltham J. Waltham ... A Bather
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With her uncle she visits the seashore and goes bathing with a party of her brother's friends. Uncle also takes a dip and is annoyed at the perilous performance of the girl. He orders her from the water and locks her in her room, but brother releases her. He finally concludes that home is the best place for her, for there she will run no chance of drowning. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1911 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy The $500 Reward (1911). See more »

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Remade as The Water Nymph (1912) See more »

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The Shapely Things To Come
7 June 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Fred Mace takes his niece, Mabel Normand to the seaside for some bathing. However, when they get there, Mabel shocks him by wearing a one-piece suit and diving off a board.

It had been just four years since Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman had been arrested in Boston for wearing a one-piece suit; at times it seemed that there wasn't anything you could do in Boston that wouldn't get you arrested for public indecency. The funny part of this movie is Fred Mace's fuddy-duddy reaction to his niece's innocent hi-jinks... and the audience got a bit of cheesecake along the way, with Mabel showing off her young shapely form It's a mild comedy, fairly typical of the sort that Mack Sennett would turn out for Biograph. The next year he would get his own studio, Keystone, and take a lot of his crew with him. There he would take the same incident and turn out THE WATER NYMPH and movie comedy would never be the same.


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