Sunday, March 9, 2014

TANGO TANGLES, released March 9th, 1914

Directed by Mack Sennett.

Filmed at the Venice Dance Hall, this film is unique because its three main characters (Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, and Ford Sterling) appear without their usual costumes and make-up. Basic plot: three men vie for the attentions of the hat check girl at the dance hall.

Numerous sources credit the role of the hat check girl to Sadie Lampe
 but her identity has never been fully confirmed.
If there are no bricks or custard pies around, just throw a human being.
One of my favorite intertitles.

6 comments:

  1. I have always liked this short. It shows Charlie young, thin and cute with no make-up. His butt fighting cracks me up. I think the other 2 leads were funny too. The footage of the real dance contest was pretty bad bur I love the historical aspect of it. It's a time capsule from hundred years ago of people out on a Saturday night having fun. So cool!

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  2. The part with Charlie sticking his heinie out during the fight was a highlight for me and my 8-year-old daughter, too--we were laughing uncontrollably at the pure silliness. Carrie (sorry--I still can't seem to figure out how to select a profile other than "Anonymous"!

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