Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand


My  friend, Rudy Cecera sent me a copy of pages from WHEN WOMEN CALL THE SHOTS by Linda Seger… on page 9 is this quote from Raymond Lee’s newspaper column Movie Memories printed in the San Fernando Valley Times, in 1955.  Ray Lee had become a well respected film historian; he started as a child actor born in 1916 working in silent films; he was in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves when he was 2 and was one of the  Fox's 'Sunshine Kiddies'. In 1924 was in Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln


…“Chaplin’s greatest debt is owed to Mabel Normand,” says Raymond Lee in Movie Memories.  “A study of her films, made before Chaplin came to this country, shows entire routines, gestures, reactions, expressions that were later a part of Chaplin’s characterizations.”

Marilyn Slater

Looking for Mabel

May 4, 2013