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10. Mabel at the Wheel (1914)

Keystone 1914

Film still for Mabel At The Wheel

Mabel at the Wheel was restored at the bfi National Film and Television Archive. Read the Restoration Report.


Charlie plays a pantomime villain in a long frock coat and demonic beard. He competes with Mabel's boyfriend Harry (a burly young racing driver) for her favours and persuades her to accompany him on his motorbike, but loses her going over a bump and deposits her in a puddle. When Charlie kidnaps Harry to prevent him competing in the race, feisty Mabel drives the car herself, hampered by Charlie's attempts to sabotage the race by spraying the track with oil and throwing bombs at the cars. He finally gets his just desserts as he is blown up with one of his own bombs and Mabel wins the day.


Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett
Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett
Charles Chaplin (Villain)
Mabel Normand (Mabel)
Harry McCoy (A Car racer, Mabel's boyfriend)
Chester Conklin (Mabel's father)
Mack Sennett (A Rube)
Edgar Kennedy (Man in stands)
Williaml Hauber (Mabel's co-driver)
? William A.Seiter (Villain's henchman)
? Fred Mace (Dubious character)
? Joe Bordeaux (Dubious character)
Mack Swain (Spectator)
Charley Chase (Spectator) unverified
Alice Davenport (Spectator) unverified
Minta Durfee (Spectator) unverified
Shooting days:
February 26 - March 16
Negative sent from LA:
March 31
Received in New York:
April 6
April 18 1914
1900 ft
Other titles:
His Daredevil Queen, A Hot Finish