Leading Lizzie Astray 1914

Leading Lizzieastray


A city slicker is driving through a small town when his car has a flat. A local boy and his girlfriend walk by and the boy volunteers to fix the man’s tire. While he’s doing that, the city slicker makes a move on the boy’s girlfriend and persuades her to go back to the city with him. After she leaves, her boyfriend packs up and goes to the city to try to win her back.


Director: Roscoe Arbuckle
Producer: Mack Sennett
Production company: Keystone Studios
Distributed by: Mutual Film

Stars: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Minta Durfee, Ed Brady


Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life 1913

race for life

Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel’s anxious boyfriend turns for help to the great Barney Oldfield, who jumps in his racing car and speeds to the rescue.

—Snow Leopard

Director: Mack Sennett

Producer: Mack Sennett
Production company: Keystone Studios
Stars: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling

Willful Ambrose 1915


Marksman Ambrose accidentally shoots a beer stein his wife has bought for him as a gift, so he tries to replace it.
Director: David Kirkland
Writer: Walter Wright (scenario)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Mack Swain, Louise Fazenda, Vivian Edwards

Peeping Pete 1913

Peeping pete

The oldest surviving film appearance of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Peeping Pete was released as a split reel along with the comedy, “A Bandit”.

This early Keystone has Pete spying on his neighbor’s wife through one of those little knotholes in a fence. The neighbor (Sterling) notices and chases him all over town with sheriff and family close behind. Fatty Arbuckle plays the peeper’s wife(!).

Director: Mack Sennett
Producer: Mack Sennett
Production company: Keystone Studios

Stars: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling

The Plumber 1914

This Keystone from the end of 1914, involving the usual suspects running around some plumbing issues, will not hold many surprises for those familiar with Keystone in this period, or, indeed, with the works of the Three Stooges, who often played inept plumbers. It is, nonetheless, very nicely performed, especially by Charles Murray, who mugs it up freely and ineptly, as well as the pretty girl who plays the house’s maid.

Although this will likely not make any new fans for Keystone or Mr. Murray, for those who are pleased by the field, it will, I feel confident, prove to be a superior effort as it takes potshots at all the classes. If you don’t know much beyond Chaplin from this period, take a look  …by bob lipton (New York City)

Director: Dell Henderson

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Charles Murray, Josef Swickard, Billie Brockwell, Al St. John

A Submarine Pirate 1915

A submarine pirate

An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral’s uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself.
Directors: Charles Avery, Syd Chaplin
Writer: Mack Sennett
Stars: Syd Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Glen Cavender

Getting Acquainted 1914

Getting Acquainted, subsequently retitled A Fair Exchange, is a 1914 American comedy silent film written and directed by Charles Chaplin, starring Chaplin and Mabel Normand, and produced by Mack Sennett for Keystone Studios. Wikipedia
Initial release: December 5, 1914
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Screenplay: Charlie Chaplin
Production company: Keystone Studios
Producer: Mack Sennett

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Mack Swain, Mabel Normand