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Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 9 January 1916 (USA)
The beach front house, where Fatty and Mabel live, has been "launched" out to sea by the villains. When Fatty and Mabel arise, they find the beds floating in a sea of water.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Fatty
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Al St. John ... Hiram Perkins' Son
Frank Hayes ... Mabel's Father
Mai Wells Mai Wells ... Mabel's Mother (as May Wells)
Wayland Trask Wayland Trask ... Brutus Bombastic - Chief Criminal
Glen Cavender ... I. Landem - Realtor
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The beach front house, where Fatty and Mabel live, has been "launched" out to sea by the villains. When Fatty and Mabel arise, they find the beds floating in a sea of water. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Concrete Biscuits See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The opening credits site Teddy the Keystone Dog as appearing in the film although it is in fact Luke (dog of Roscoe Arbuckle and Minta Durfee) who appears in the film. See more »

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Title Card: Full Of Hope And Freckles
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Alternate Versions

In the 1960s, Castle Films released a truncated version of this film to the pre-VCR home market under the title Concrete Biscuits. Running approximately 5 minutes, the film features the famous hard biscuits scene and ends with Fatty and his dog chasing a man down the beach. See more »

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Well-Crafted & Very Enjoyable
5 March 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"Fatty & Mabel Adrift" is very enjoyable, has a little bit of everything, and was also made with care and skill. It would have been a very good film even in a somewhat later era when movie-making was more refined, and for the mid-teens it is impressive. There are some short features from this era that are quite entertaining, but that were rather obviously thrown together without careful planning. Then there are other short features from the 'teens (such as those of D.W. Griffith) that are quite impressive for the time in terms of their technique and refinement, but whose content sometimes leaves you feeling distant or even cold. This is one of the rare shorts from the era that is strong in both respects.

The opening sequence is mostly just pleasant slapstick silliness in a farm setting, nothing especially creative, but enjoyable. The characters are simple, but well-defined. Then, when the couple gets to their honeymoon cottage, the rest of the film is a fine combination of humor and action. Mabel Normand is at her most charming, Roscoe Arbuckle is full of energy and good cheer, and the supporting cast pitches in too (and even the Keystone dog gets some good moments). There is a good assortment of comedy material; there are some nice, touching moments with the new couple; and then of course there is plenty of action in the later scenes. It's well-made and entertaining, and it remains just as enjoyable even after repeated viewings.


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