Fatty and Mabel Adrift

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Fatty and Mabel Adrift
Fatty and Mabel Adrift 1916.jpg
Theatrical poster to Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)
Directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Produced by Mack Sennett
Written by Roscoe "Fatty' Arbuckle
Distributed by Triangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • January 9, 1916 (1916-01-09)
Running time
34 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (original intertitles)

Fatty and Mabel Adrift is a 1916 Keystone short comedy film starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, and Al St. John.


The story involves Arbuckle as a farm boy marrying his sweetheart, Normand. They have their honeymoon with Fatty's dog Luke, at a cottage on the seashore. At high tide that night, Al St. John (Fatty's rival) and his confederates set the cottage adrift. Fatty and Mabel awaken the next morning to find themselves surrounded by water in their bedroom, and the house afloat.


Scene from Fatty and Mabel Adrift

Critical response[edit]

Roscoe and Mabel receive a surprise.

Variety gave the films a positive review, commenting that "the picture is amusing with some new and good effects, without the customary dose of messy slapstick one expects in a Keystone with these principals."

As was often the case in contemporary reviews of Arbuckle films, the direction of the film is singled out for praise, though it is not mentioned that Arbuckle himself is the director. The review mentions "a dandy lightning storm is a feature of the film and there are some pretty views of breakers rushing on to the shore."

The review found Al St. John's performance not as good as his usual work for Keystone, but added "The picture is a sure laugh maker and as it is fairly clean, it is the more worthy."[1]

Fatty and Mabel Adrift was the closing movie of the 56-film Arbuckle retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in April and May 2006 and was cited by the curators in the introductory remarks as their favorite of Arbuckle's work.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fatty and Mabel Adrift" (film review) in Variety Weekly. February 4, 1916.

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