Monday, October 1, 2012

A Dash Through the Clouds -- October 1, 2012

Before Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand left the Biograph Company to found Keystone in 1912, they produced many comedies, including "A Dash Through the Clouds."  Here, Mabel rides in pilot Phillip Parmalee's Wright Model B and fires a pistol at a group of Mexican-Americans who are attacking her soon-to-be former suitor, Fred Mace.   The "Mexican Quarter" includes views of Mission San Fernando (I think), where Biograph set several movies during their winter visits to California.  Parmalee died in an airshow crash on 01-June-1912.  This film was released later in the same month. 

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