Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand

Filmmuseum Presents World Premiere

of Recovered and Restored Film

 'The Floor Below'


Third Edition Dutch Biennial Film Festival, 11 to 15 April 2007


AMSTERDAM, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- From 11 to 15 April, the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam,

The Netherlands presents the third edition of the Filmmuseum Biennale. During this biennial

film festival, the Filmmuseum will show silent films accompanied by live performances of new

soundtracks, as well as unique discoveries from its historic film collection. The festival opens
on Wednesday evening with the world premiere of The Floor Below, an American silent comedy from

1918 by C. G. Badger, starring comedienne Mabel Normand - 'the female Charlie Chaplin'.

The film was considered lost until the Filmmuseum found a copy in the estate of a Dutch collector.
    This is the second time in a relatively short while that the Filmmuseum has made such a historic

discovery; in 2005 the museum presented a restored version of Beyond the Rocks (1922),

starring Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson, which was also believed to have

gone missing. The restored copy of The Floor Below will premiere in the Muziekgebouw aan 't I J,

Dutch musician Fay Lovsky composed a new score, which she will perform live with her band.

Host of the evening is actress Johanna ter Steege; highlights: silent films with live music.

    By offering visitors the opportunity to experience classic and silent
films in a new way at unique locations, the Filmmuseum hopes to increase
interest in film history and highlight the importance of film restoration.
During the Filmmuseum Biennale, a number of the highlights from the
Filmmuseum's restoration efforts can be seen. True to the festival motto,
'A feast for the eye and ear', musicians and composers were invited to
write new scores for the films.


More information and the complete programme is published on







Steve Massa will introduce the screenings and his notes for the program booklet (are being translated into Dutch!!). I hope we will get to read them (in English, please!!).


The features that are being shown are:




1/2 reel, rel: Oct. 28, 1912

dir. Mack Sennett

cast: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett,

Fred Mace

early Keystone rarities from the Filmmuseum's collection








1/2 reel, rel: May 8, 1913

early Keystone rarities from the Filmmuseum's collection



I wasn't able to find anything


about this film


it maybe the Selig film...




1 reel, rel: Sept. 8, 1913

The Actress

dir. Mack Sennett

cast: Mack Sennett, Mabel Normand,

Alice Davenport, Roscoe Arbuckle, Ford

Sterling, Virginia Kirtley, Charles Avery,

Mack Swain, Paul Jacobs

finished: 8/12/1913







1900 ft., rel: Apr. 18, 1914

dir. Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett,


Mabel Normand and or Sennett?

cast: Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin,

Harry McCoy, Chester Conklin, Mack

Sennett, Al St. John, Fred Mace, Joe

Bordeaux, Mack Swain, William Hauber

finished: 3/31/1914





shorts restored by the AFI and BFI / Chaplin Association.





998 ft, rel: June 13, 1914

dir. Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin

auth. Mabel Normand

cast: Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin,

Chester Conklin, Slim Summerville,

Billie Bennett, Harry McCoy, Wallace

MacDonald, Edgar Kennedy, Al St.

John, Charles Parrot (Charley Chase),

Mack Sennett, Henry Lehrman?

finished: 5/30/1914









1015 ft., rel: June 20, 1914

His Wife's Birthday

dir. Charlie Chaplin and Mabel

Normand, auth. Charlie Chaplin

cast: Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand,

Mack Swain, Alice Howell, Hank Mann,

Charles Murray, Harry McCoy, Wallace

MacDonald, Al St. John, Alice


finished: 6/6/1914







2 reels, rel: Jan. 30, 1916

dir. Roscoe Arbuckle, cam. Elgin


cast: Roscoe Arbuckle, Mabel Normand,

William Jefferson, Al St. John, Joe

Bordeaux, James Bryant, Minta Durfee,

G. A. Ely, Lloyd Peddrick

filmed: 1/1916

Location: Triangle studio, Ft. Lee, NJ

copyright: Feb. 9, 1916







6 reels, rel: Mar. 10, 1918

Last Chance

dir. Clarence G. Badger, auth. Elaine

Sterne, cam. Oliver T. Marsh

cast: Mabel Normand (Patricia

O'Rourke), Tom Moore (Hunter Mason),

Helen Dahl (Louise Vane), Wallace

McCutcheon (Monty Latham), Lincoln

Plummer (Uncle Amos), Charlotte

Granville (Mrs. Mason), A. Romaine

Callender (Ziegler), Louis R. Griswell

(Stubbs), Willard Dashiell (Managing

Editor), Texas Charwaite, W. W. Black

Location: Goldwyn studio, Ft. Lee, NJ

copyright: Mar. 7, 1918






the UCLA's restored version

Mack Sennett-Associated First National,

[Mack Sennett-Paramount]

7,588 ft., rel: Dec. 1, 1921

dir. F. Richard Jones, assisted by Ray

Grey, photography Homer Scott, auth.

Mary Hunt and Fred Stowers, film edtr.

Allen McNeil, Titles John Gray, Art

Director S. D. Barnes, Costumes Violet


cast: Mabel Normand (Molly O), Jack

Mulhall (Dr. John S. Bryant), George

Nichols (Tim O'Dair), Lowell Sherman

(Fred Mancester), Eddie Gribbon (Jim

Smith), Anna Hernandez (Mrs. Tim

O'Dair), Jacqueline Logan (Miriam

Mancester), Albert Hackett (Billy

O'Dair), Ben Deeley (Albert Faulkner),

Carl Stockdale (The Silhouette Man),

Eugenie Besserer (Antonia Bacigalupi),

Gloria Davenport (Mrs. James Wheaton


filmed: 5/30 to 6/29, 1921

Locations: Los Angeles, CA, Pensacola,


copyright: Oct. 24, 1921







5 reels, rel: April, 1922

dir. Victor L. Schertzinger and Paul

Bern, auth. Lillian Josephson and Gerald

C. Duffy, from a book and musical

comedy by Edgar Allen Woolf,

suggested by a story by Nalbro Isadorah

Bartley, photography. George Webber

and Maximilian Fabian, film editor.

Robert Bishop and Herbert S. Walde,

Art. Dir. Cedric A. Gibbons

cast: cast: Mabel Normand (Tina), Hugh

Thompson (Lawson), Russ Powell

(Uncle Bambinetti), Raymond Hatton

(Pepper), Lionel Belmore (Wilkins),

Adolph Menjou (Sterling), Lillyan

Tashman (Babe Lorimer)

Location: Goldwyn studios, Culver City,


copyright: Apr. 20, 1922






Hal Roach-Pathe

2 reels, rel.?

dir. Leo McCarey

cast: Mabel Normand, Creighton Hale,

Eugene Pallette, Oliver Hardy

copyright: Jan. 14, 1927








Notice from Holland


Film Museum Festival Opens with Silent Comedy

(Translation from the original Dutch by Marilyn Slater, January 11, 2007)


AMSTERDAM - the Film Museum Festival opens April 11, 2007 with The Floor Below[i], the American silent film comedy from 1918.


It was reported Monday by the film museum in Amsterdam that The Floor Below will be the feature presentation.  This production was directed by C. G. Badger and stars the comédienne Mabel Normand, the female Charlie Chaplin, as the lead.

The film was considered lost, until the museum found a copy in the private collection of a Dutch film lover.  The restored copy of The Floor Below will have its world première with live music composed by Fay Lovsky  The Festival which will take place from April 11 to April 15 will showcase the restoration done at the film museum.  It is the goal of the festival to celebrate both the films of the past and the new music created specially for the films.


Other highlights of the festival will be the museum’s traditional screening of a selection of films from the collection of van Johan van der Keuken and discussion of the work of Paul de Nooijer (1943), the screen writer and artist.




Filmmuseum Biënnale opent met stomme komedie


AMSTERDAM - De Filmmuseum Biënnale opent 11 april met The Floor Below, een Amerikaanse stommefilmkomedie uit 1918. Dat maakte het Filmmuseum in Amsterdam maandag bekend. In de productie van C.G. Badger speelt de comédienne Mabel Normand, 'de vrouwelijke Charlie Chaplin', de hoofdrol.

De film werd als verloren beschouwd, totdat het museum een kopie vond in de nalatenschap van een Nederlandse verzamelaar. De gerestaureerde kopie van The Floor Below beleeft haar wereldpremière in het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.
Fay Lovsky componeerde de filmmuziek. Zij brengt die met haar band live ten gehore.
Tijdens de Biënnale, die plaatsvindt van 11 tot en met 15 april, zijn hoogtepunten te zien uit de restauratiepraktijk van het Filmmuseum. Onder het motto een 'feest voor oog en oor' schrijven muzikanten en componisten nieuwe filmmuziek.
Ook vertoont het museum een selectie van klassieke speelfilms uit de collectie van Johan van der Keuken. Filmmaker en beeldend kunstenaar Paul de Nooijer (1943) staat centraal.


[1] The Floor Below, © March 7, 1918, Samuel Goldwyn Production, 6 reels, director: Clarence G. Badger, cast: Mabel Normand, Tom Moore, Wallace McCutcheon, Willard Dashiell, Helen Dahl, Herbert Rawlinson, Louis R. Grisel, A. Romaine Callender, Lincoln Plumer, Charlotte Granville, Texas Charwaite.  Mabel is Patsy O’Rourke, who is fired as a newspaper copy girl but proves her worth by capturing a gang of crooks and her man.




Clarence Badger

1918 Newspaper ads




Filmmuseum in Amsterdam

Filmmuseum, Vondelparkpaviljoen

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This internationally renowned collection, to which many Dutch and foreign titles are regularly added, is the source of inspiration for the museum's film programmes, exhibitions and events. Every year, there are major thematic programmes examining the history of film and contemporary cinematographic developments. In addition, the museum organises open-air screenings, festivals, theatrical family shows and retrospectives.

The Filmmuseum has an information centre with the largest film library in the Netherlands. The museum also acts as distributor of classics and contemporary, independent films.

The museum has a collection that includes 46,000 film titles, 35,000 posters and 450,000 photographs. The collection looks back to Dutch film and cinema culture from the earliest days of film (1895) and comprises an extensive international collection alongside a large number of Dutch films.

The main aim is to preserve our film heritage from decay. One of the most important tasks of the Filmmuseum is to conserve and restore the collection. 7 million metres of nitrate film from the first half of the 20th century need permanent attention: this extremely flammable material is falling apart and has to be copied to preserve it so it can be screened again. 'Ordinary' celluloid also demands special care as part of it is in danger of fading and suffering from the vinegar syndrome, the 'ghost of acidification'. The Filmmuseum has received several international awards for its restorations.

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Simone Simon en Gérard Philipe in La ronde (Max Ophüls, Fr 1950) #11, Marey <-> Moiré (Joost Rekveld, nl 1999)

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The online library catalogue contains bibliographical descriptions of books, multimedia, periodicals, articles and newspaper cuttings.

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Auditorium 2 (Parisien)

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Sales and photo service

The Filmmuseum supplies copies of film material from its own collection on video or film format. Both individual fragments and complete films are available.
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Film copies:


Postal address
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P.O. Box 74782
1070 BT Amsterdam
Tel. +31 (20) 5891400
Fax. +31 (20) 6833401

Vondelpark 3
1071 AA Amsterdam
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 10.15 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: from one hour before the first screening until 10.15 p.m.

Vondelstraat 69 / 71 (adjacent to Filmmuseum Vondelpark)
1054 GK Amsterdam
Tel. +31 (20) 5891435 (Monday and Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00)
Fax. +31 (20) 5891454
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Film screening: euro 7.80
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Prices may be different for long or special events

Discounts for holders of a Dutch youth card, student card, Amsterdam "stadspas, NBF-, GNS-members and groups of 10 or more: euro 6.50; Exhibition euro 1.50
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Children's tickets euro 5 per child. 10 or more children, euro 4.50
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From one week before the event
+31 (20) 5891400 or Belbios 0900-9363, quick code 07323 (45 cents per minute - in Dutch), www.belbios.nl
Booked tickets should be collected half an hour before the start.

Travel information


Route to the Filmmuseum

Public transport
At the junction Overtoom / Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat (near the Filmmuseum Vondelpark), two tram routes stop: Tram 1 (about 15 minutes from Central Station) and 12 (about 15 minutes from Amsterdam Amstel Station and about 20 minutes from Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station). On Leidseplein (10 minutes walk from the Filmmuseum) trams 2 and 5 stop (about 15 minutes from Central Station) and trams 6, 7 and 10 (about 7 minutes from Weesperplein Metro). The buses 170, 172 and night buses 200, 270, 271, 353, 354, 356 and 358 also stop on Leidseplein.

From all directions, on the A10 (Amsterdam ring) take exit S106 to the west of the city. Follow the signs for "Centrum. You cross Surinameplein and drive along Overtoom to the end. At the T-junction turn right and take the second on the right (Tesselschadestraat) to the multi-storey car park. From the car park, you can walk to the Filmmuseum in five minutes (via Tesselschadestraat and Roemer Visscherstraat)