“Looking for Mabel”
With the purchase of Keystone by Triangle, the salaries of the classic cast of the Keystone performers really looked puny! It is generally understood that the Aitken Brothers were recruiting new faces and paying high prices.
Recently I was going though some storage boxes (looking for a picture for my friend, Anthony) and found a trove of fantastic business papers, which I have been collecting for no particular reason other than my thinking that they are ‘cool’ …
Weekly payroll 1916
Roscoe Arbuckle - Keystone /Triangle $ 350
Raymond Hitchcock - Keystone/Triangle $ 2,500
Mabel Normand – Keystone/Triangle $ 500
I think, it can be argued that Mabel Normand was the most valuable star on the Keystone lot.