Slim Princess (1920)

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Mabel Normand appears a little bit on the chunky side to modern filmgoers, but during the silent era she was considered svelte, so this picture, based on the stage play by George Ade, seemed an appropriate vehicle for her. Kalora (Normand) is considered unattractive in her native country of Morevenia (a fictional stand-in for Turkey) because of her slender figure. To compete with the more zaftig beauties, she tries donning an inflatable rubber suit. Naturally, the thing gets punctured, and she becomes the incredible shrinking woman. But no matter -- an American named Pike (Hugh Thompson) arrives on the scene, and he loves Kalora just the way she is. Because Normand became famous as a Keystone comedienne, director Victor L. Schertzinger threw some slapstick moments into this farce.