3. Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914)

Keystone 1914

Film still for Mabel's Strange Predicament


A tipsy Charlie, playing a lascivious hotel guest, bothers Mabel and other female guests. Mabel gets in trouble with her boyfriend, an elderly husband gets in trouble with his wife, and Charlie gets in trouble with everybody as confusion reigns up and down the hotel corridors. There is much business with people sneaking in and out of rooms, complicated by the presence of a dog.


Mabel Normand
Reed Heustis
Charles Chaplin (Drunk)
Mabel Normand (Mabel)
Chester Conklin (Husband)
Alice Davenport (Wife)
Harry McCoy (Lover)
Al St John (Hotel Manager)
Billy Gilbert (Bellhop)
Hank Mann (Hotel Guest)
Henry Lehrman (Hotel Guest in Lobby
(Brent Walker notes that Minta Durfee and William Hauber also played hotel guests but were cut from the final print)
Shooting days:
January 6-January 12
Negative sent from LA:
January 20
Received in New York:
January 26
February 9 1914
1016 ft.
Keystone working title:
Other title:
Hotel Mixup