Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition

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Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition
Directed by Fatty Arbuckle
Produced by Mack Sennett
Starring Fatty Arbuckle
Mabel Normand
Distributed by Keystone Film Company
Release dates
  • January 23, 1915 (1915-01-23)
Running time 14 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition is a 1915 American silent black-and-white short comedy film, directed by Fatty Arbuckle and starring Arbuckle and Mabel Normand.[1] It was produced by Keystone Studios.

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Arbuckle and Normand followed the Keystone tradition of showing up at an actual event and using that as background for a largely improvised film. The event in this case was the Panama-California Exposition, held in Balboa Park in San Diego, California in 1915-1916. The film is 14 minutes long. It was released on 23 January 1915,[2] before the Exposition actually opened (9 March 1915).



Fatty (Roscoe Arbuckle) and Mabel (Mabel Normand) are a married couple visiting the Exposition. Fatty gets in trouble by flirting with a passing woman (Minta Durfee) while Mabel shops. He chases the woman into a hula pavilion and makes approaches to the dancers. He is accosted by both Mabel and the woman's husband; eventually the police are called to straighten the whole thing out.[2]

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