The Water Nymph
R: Mack Sennett. D: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling. P: Keystone Film Company. USA 1912
“Keystone Studios was an early movie studio founded in Edendale, California in 1912 as the Keystone Pictures Studio by Mack Sennett with backing from Adam Kessel and Charles O. Baumann, owners of the New York Motion Picture Company. The company filmed in and around Glendale and Silver Lake for several years, and its films were distributed by the Mutual Film Corporation between 1912 and 1915.
The studio is perhaps best remembered for the era under Mack Sennett when he created the slapstick antics of the Keystone Cops, from 1912, and for the Sennett Bathing Beauties, beginning in 1915. Charles Chaplin got his start at Keystone when Sennett hired him fresh from his vaudeville career to make silent films. Charlie Chaplin at Keystone Studios is a 1993 compilation of some of the most notable films Chaplin made at Keystone, documenting his transition from vaudeville player to true comic film actor to director. In 1915 Keystone Studios became an autonomous production unit of the Triangle Film Corporation with D. W. Griffith and Thomas Ince. In 1917 Sennett gave up the Keystone trademark and organized his own company.
Many other important actors also worked at Keystone toward the beginning of their film careers, including Marie Dressler, Harold Lloyd, Mabel Normand, Roscoe Arbuckle, Gloria Swanson, Louise Fazenda, Raymond Griffith, Ford Sterling, Ben Turpin, Harry Langdon, Al St. John and Chester Conklin.
Sennett, by then a celebrity, departed the studio in 1917 to produce his own independent films (eventually distributed through Paramount). Keystone’s business decreased after his departure, and finally closed after bankruptcy in 1935.”
The Ragtime Band
R: Mack Sennett. D: Ford Sterling, Mabel Normand, Nick Cogley. P: Keystone Film Company. USA 1913
Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life
R: Mack Sennett. K: Lee Bartholomew, Walter Wright. D: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling. P: Keystone Film Company. USA 1913
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