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Film, Video Mabel and Fatty's wash day Washing day

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  • Mabel and Fatty's wash day

Other Title

  • Washing day


  • It's wash day. Mabel works hard while her husband sleeps in. Next door, Fatty also works hard, while his wife bosses him about as she dresses to go out. Finishing the washing in their adjacent yards, Fatty offers to let Mabel use his wringer. Her skirt accidently becomes caught just as her husband comes out of the house. He becomes jealous. Fatty's wife she hears the commotion, and enters the fray. Later that day, both couples are reconciled and separately stroll to the park. Fatty's wife falls asleep on a bench. Mabel has another argument with her husband and stalks off, leaving her purse behind. She runs into Fatty, who persuades her to come with him to an outdoor cafe. When they realize that neither has any money, Fatty returns to the bench and takes his sleeping wife's purse. Later, she wakes up and sees Mabel's husband walk by with Mabel's purse. Thinking it is hers, she gives chase, with two cops also in pursuit. They all come upon Fatty and Mabel in the cafe, the spouses again become jealous, and another fight ensues. Eventually the couples reluctantly reconcile yet again, and everyone goes home.


  • Arbuckle, Roscoe, 1887-1933, direction, cast
  • Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, production, writing
  • Normand, Mabel, 1894-1930, cast
  • McCoy, Harry, 1894-1937, cast
  • Davenport, Alice, 1864-1936, cast
  • Bordeaux, Joe, 1886-1950, cast
  • Keystone Film Company
  • Mutual Film Corporation
  • Paper Print/Keystone Collection (Library of Congress)
  • AFI/Tayler (Dorothy M.) Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States; Mutual Film, 1915.


  • -  Marriage--Humor


  • Slapstick comedy films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  LP4201 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Keystone Film Co. (Mack Sennett, author); 14Jan15; LP4201.
  • -  Mabel Normand, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Harry McCoy, Alice Davenport, Joe Bordeaux, Jimmy Bryant.
  • -  The director is not credited on the film and varies in secondary sources: directed by Fatty (Roscoe) Arbuckle, according to the Internet movie database and Mack Sennett's fun factory; directed by Mabel Normand & Eddie Dillon, according to the American film-index 1908-1915 and the Women film pioneers project WWW site. Eddie Dillon did not co-direct, according to Mack Sennett's fun factory.
  • -  According to the M/B/RS preliminary catalog card, the film in the AFI/Tayler (Dorothy M.) Collection may be a reissue; the title "Washing day" appears on the film.
  • -  Part of summary from the Internet movie database.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2595) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Filmed December 28-30, 1914 in Los Angeles, California, in the Keystone Studio and in Hollenbeck Park.
  • -  Sources used: Early motion pictures, p. 196; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed January 31, 2014; Walker, B. Mack Sennett's fun factory, p. 308; Lauritzen & Lundquist's American film-index, 1908-1915, p. 372.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (402 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (770 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (799 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 1,000 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 1,000 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 6126 (viewing print)
  • FEB 4709 (viewing print)
  • FPA 4985 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0411A (paper pos)
  • Box 5445A (paper pos, copy 2)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • mp73105700

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Normand, Mabel, Cast, Harry McCoy, Alice Davenport, Joe Bordeaux, Keystone Film Company, Mutual Film Corporation, Paper Print/Keystone Collection, Afi/Tayler, and Paper Print Collection. Mabel and Fatty's wash day. directeds by Arbuckle, Roscoe, Ection, Cast, produceds by Sennett, Mack, Uction, Writing United States; Mutual Film, 1915. Video.

APA citation style:

Normand, M., McCoy, H., Davenport, A., Bordeaux, J., Keystone Film Company, Mutual Film Corporation [...] Paper Print Collection. (1915) Mabel and Fatty's wash day. Arbuckle, R., dir, Sennett, M., prod United States; Mutual Film. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Normand, Mabel, Cast, et al. Mabel and Fatty's wash day. dir by Arbuckle, Roscoe, Ection, Cast, prod by Sennett, Mack, Uction, Writing United States; Mutual Film, 1915. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.