15. The Fatal Mallet (1914)

Keystone 1914

Film still for The Fatal Mallet


By a river, Charlie and two others (Mack Sennett and Mack Swain) are rivals for the favours of the haughty Mabel. A rough-house ensues involving people being hit repeatedly over the head with bricks and mallets with varying degrees of effectiveness. Mabel appears bored by these proceedings until she receives a kick from Charlie and although he later rescues her from a young pest she walks off with Mack Sennett in the end.


Mack Sennett
Charles Chaplin (Suitor)
Mabel Normand (Mabel)
Mack Swain (Mabel's suitor)
Mack Sennett (Rival suitor)
Gordon Griffith (Boy)
Shooting days:
May 1 0 - May 12
Negative sent from LA:
May 16
Received in New York:
May 22
June 1 1914
Keystone working title:
The Knockout
Other titles:
The Pile Driver, Hit Him Again, The Rival Suitors.