Mabel Normand is the wife of a rather rotund businessman, Dell Henderson. She doesn't get along with her mother Kate Bruce. She steals some money from her hubby to go shopping. Mack Sennett appears briefly as a shop salesman who sells her some furs.
Mabel seems to be working ironing dresses in a dress shop when something catches her attention in a newspaper. Apparently, it is an ad on becoming a detective. Mabel goes rushing off to a Detective school run by Fred Ward.
Pretty Mabel is giving a party, and invites the grocer and the cobbler. Both are extremely fond of Mabel, and after a tiff between the two men, the cobbler puts Limburger cheese into the grocer's shoes. His plan works, as the offensive smell forces the grocer to leave the party, and the cobbler has Mabel all to himself. But the ...
Professor Smelts the band leader gets into a romantic rivalry with one of his musicians over the affections of a pretty girl.
Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life
When Mabel Normand romantically rejects a villain, he ties her to the railroad tracks, leaving her nice suitor to appeal to racecar driver Barney Oldfield for help.
Fatty rescues Mabel twice: first, from the unwelcome attentions of a masher, then from a runaway observation balloon.
This early Chaplin film has him playing a character quite different from the Tramp for which he would become famous. He is a rich, upper-class gentleman whose romance is endangered when his girlfriend oversees him being embraced by a maid. Chaplin's romantic interest in this film, Minta Durfee, was the wife of fellow Keystone actor, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.
A jealous wife (Chaplin) is chasing her unfaithful husband during a parade, after he starts to flirt with a pretty woman.