A Perfect 36 (1918)

Run Time - 55 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Mabel Normand was not one of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties; she had long been a star when he came up with the concept, and, in fact, her appearances in Sennett pictures such as The Sea Nymph were probably his inspiration. While her figure may look a bit hefty to modern-day audiences, Normand had a classic build for her era, and this light comedy made by Goldwyn makes full use of it. This picture also featured Rod LaRocque in one of his first major roles. Mabel (Normand) works as a drudge in a boarding house and her fondness for fine clothes inspires one of the boarders, Lena (Floa Zabelle), to give her one of her own dresses. Shortly afterwards, Mabel is fired and she finds a new job as a suit salesperson. She winds up buying more than she sells, however, and drops everything to go for a swim with her sweetheart (LaRocque). When she returns home, she finds her apartment robbed and her clothes gone. Still dressed in her bathing suit, she hunts down the constable (Louis R. Grisel), who accuses her of being a hotel thief because she was seen wearing Lena's dress. Lena clears everything up by explaining that it was a scheme her press agent had dreamed up, and that Mabel had been mistaken for her. A relieved Mabel resolves to wear only her own clothes and no one else's.