re: MACK AND MABEL Full Production in Los Angeles
Posted by: bicoastal 11:23 am EST 02/19/24
In reply to: re: MACK AND MABEL Full Production in Los Angeles - Live_From_London 03:08 am EST 02/19/24

Ha ha, I never heard the expression Park and Bark! Love that!

The ending felt rather abrupt to me--there's the Taylor shenanigans during "Tap Your Trouble Away" and there is talk of Mabel's career spiraling, so Mack tries to save it by producing the feature film he never wanted to make. He then says that the film was never released and Mabel died in 1930 of TB. Makes Mabel out to be rather pathetic in the end, and because they never ever address WHY she became an addict (other than maybe being angry at Mack...?), one doesn't feel for Mabel as much as one should. There was a fairly liberal use of film clips of Rosen as Mabel, which wasn't a bad idea, but that book really needs to be fixed. William Desmond Taylor is just a cardboard cutout and all the coke-sniffing sex stuff never goes to the heart of the problem. It's not Mack's story, but Mabel finding love with Taylor (if that is accurate) and then having him murdered is tragic, and that happening at the same time as the Arbuckle trials has more heft and makes ore sense to play, I think. There are plenty of solid writers who I think could make it work if the Herman and Stewart estates wanted it to happen (I say that knowing efforts have been made!). On the other hand, if they follow history too closely, then there isn't room for "Tap Your Troubles Away".
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