Mabel's Stratagem (1912)Short, Comedy · 30 December 1912
Mabel is a stenographer, employed by Jones, who proves too attentive. Mrs. Jones walks in unexpectedly one day and interrupts her husband as he is dictating letters in a rather affectionate manner, and she insists on Mabel's discharge. She then orders him to advertise for a male stenographer. Mabel needs the job, so she dresses as a boy and gets the position. Mrs. Jones becomes very fond of the new stenographer and takes him (?) out to lunch. Jones becomes suspicious and follows her, and is so angered at the flirtation that he has his lawyers bring suit for divorce. The papers are served on Mrs. Jones, and Mabel lets her hair down, to the dismay of the husband and wife, who have been making fools of themselves, and who recognize her as the demure stenographer who first held the job.
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Director(s): Mack SennettCast: Mabel Normand, Fred Mace, Alice Davenport