Venus Model (1918)

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After a disastrous fling at "heavy dramatics" in Joan of Plattsburg, Mabel Normand sagaciously returned to comedy with Venus Model. Normand plays Kitty O'Brien, a low-level employee at a bathing suit factory. Despite her capricious on-the-job behavior, Kitty is handsomely rewarded when she submits a design for "The Venus Model," the company's corporate trademark. Placed in charge of the whole factory, Kitty single-handed straightens out the company's monumental financial woes during the owner's absence (a plot development which predated the similar one in Nine to Five by nearly seven decades). She also wins the heart of Paul Braddock (Rod LaRocque), the boss' son. Not surprisingly, Venus Model afforded Mabel Normand the opportunity to display her svelte figure in a wide variety of brief beachwear.