5 reels, (4969 feet)
dir. Victor L. Schertzinger,
auth. Shannon Fife,
cam. George Webber,
film editor. Jack Dennis,
Art. Dir. Hugo Ballin
cast: Mabel Normand (Jinx), Cullen Landis (“Slicker” Evans - “The Wild Man”), Florence Carpenter (Rory Bory Alice), Gertrude Claire (Aunt Tina), Ogden Crane (“Bull” Hogarth), Clarence Arper (Sheriff Jepson), Francis Carpenter
Location: Goldwyn Studio,
Synopsis from AFI
After her father's death, a girl who is left with a circus where she performs chores such as manicuring an elephant's nails, is named Jinx by Bull Hogarth, the owner, who blames her for the circus' hard luck. When the star attraction, Rory Bory Alice, upset that she has not been paid for weeks, leaves, Jinx attempts
Manicuring an elephant's toe-nails, we first see Mabel Normand as “Jinx,” and then doing all odd jobs around the circus lot to square herself with the mob, only to be looked down upon by all including the “boss” as “patsy” of the troupe. And she is some “patsy,” too. For no matter how Miss Normand tries to do things they are all wrong with everyone but the “Wild-Man.” Even “Rory Bory Alice,” whom she tries to help out of a predicament turns on her.
But the “Jinx” is persistent in her determination to make good and when “Rory Bory” blows the outfit a few minutes before she is to do her serpentine dance, the “Jinx,” without consulting anyone, dons her resplendent regalia and attempts to interpret her fantasy. She becomes twisted up in the yards and yards of silk, balls up the dance, riles the boss, who attempts to get at her to throttle her, causes the wild-man to break loose from his cage and thrash the boss as well as break up the show, and drive all customers off the lot. Seeing what havoc she has wrought, she flees and takes refuge in a stall of a stable belonging to an orphanage run by “Aunt Tina.” She is discovered by one of the kiddies who reports to the rest of the children a fairy has been discovered. She is taken in as one of the household, but soon enough driven out because of the circus. The “Boss,” his sweetheart “Alice,” meets the “Jinx” and attempts to beat out of her the information where his girl has gone. He tries to set the orphanage afire, when “Slicker” Evans, the “Wild-man,” comes along and trounces him and wins the heart of “Jinx,” with whom he has been in love.
Miss Normand shows her superior ability as a comedienne and uses her utmost talents in making situations humorous and getting laughs aplenty through them. She shows her versatility when giving a circus for the kiddies, doing “Wire-walker,” “Ballet,” “Dancer,” “Acrobat” and “Animal Trainer.”
The picture is an unusually pleasing one, does not lag, is consistent and full of punch. It is not an expensive production.
For this time of the year, it is an ideal release, interesting young and old and should outrival her previous picture “Freckles.”
One thing very noticeable was the closeups. Miss Normand should not have tried to stand the test in kid character.
Cullen Landis gave a remarkable performance as the “Wild-man” and also displays his athletic prowess as a pugilist. Florence Carpenter in her “fly” part, left little for the imagination. Ogden Crane seemed to over-play the circus owner, especially in his fits of infuriation. Gertrude Claire and Clarence Arper gave the human interest touch as the orphanage keeper and the sheriff.
Excellent Comedy Business in Circus Atmosphere Sure-Fire Laughing Success
Mabel Normand in “JINX”
Scenario by...............Gerald C. Duffy
As A Whole.............Exceptionally human and smooth running comedy that hits on high and registers laughs with very pleasing regularity.
Story.........................Just enough to tie together funny bits of business.
Direction..................Gave great circus atmosphere with ideal conditions for star to register in, and kept comedy tempo just right to keep it from lagging at any time.
Photography............Generally excellent; many splendid close-ups of star.
Lightings..................Some beautiful exterior shots, with lighting on star excellent.
Camera Work...........Very good throughout.
Star............................Registered one of the greatest characterizations of her career.
Support.....................Good types, with kids and animals fitting in naturally and registering much good comedy.
Character Of Story...........Wholesome and happy; will delight kids and grown-ups.
Length Of Production.......4,969 feet
Mabel Normand Gives
Children Christmas Treat
Mabel Normand did her “bit” on Christmas day to make the holidays memorable for 5,000 orphan asylum children in
The feature event of the program was Mabel Normand's appearance both on the screen and on the huge stage of the theatre as Jinx. In the picture, which was shown through the courtesy of Goldwyn, the kiddies howled with delight at the antics of Miss Normand as a circus waif who has all sorts of adventures in circus and in an orphan asylum, and who winds up her career as jinx when she marries the wild man of the circus.
When Miss Normand herself appeared in her screen costume of the Jinx and made a little speech to the children, the huge Capitol Theatre resounded to the most enthusiastic applause that has been heard in the theatre since its opening.
To please the children, Miss Normand came tumbling out upon the stage, doing the very stunts that revealed her as an acrobat well as an actress in her photoplay.
There are stars and stars, but only one Mabel Normand in the world. What other player can any one think of who would give up her entire Christmas morning to making the lame children of the city happy, and yet that is exactly what Miss Normand did. Those who know of the thousands of thoughtful things she does for other people are not surprised to hear of her getting up bright and early to be at the Capitol Theatre in time.
Her family were expecting her in
Mabel Normand gave the clerks in the 10-cent store the thrill of their lives last Wednesday afternoon. Following the luncheon given for her at the Ritz, she decided upon a shopping tour at Woolworth's palace of bargains. And every clerk in the place stopped work to gave at Mabel, saying in awed voices, as if they were speaking of an angelic vision right out of heaven:
“It is Mabel Normand!”
Several customers failed to share this thrill and were obviously annoyed at the clerks' failure to attend them. Even the floorwalker -- Oh, yes, indeed, the 10-cent store has a floorwalker; I never knew it either until I accompanied Mabel on her shopping expedition -- stopped pacing up and down to assist the little lady in finding what she wanted.
But he had a terrible blow. In a collection of motion picture stars' photographs which we stopped to examine there wasn't a single one of Miss Normand. The floorwalker was so embarrassed at this oversight that someone came to the rescue by suggesting he had probably sold all of Miss Normand's photographs. It will be a safe bet to go and ask for them now, for between Ralph Block and that floorwalker one thing is certain in the future -- here will be pictures galore of our little Mabel.
It had to be. Mabel Normand had to leave
Our first knowledge that she had left town came in a telegram of farewell from
But being a creature of impulse, everyone expects Miss Normand to act on them: and everyone loves her for being as she is.
There is only one Mabel Normand. Consequently, there is nothing to compare her with. If you like, her you like her, and if you don't, you don't. In the latter taste, you are indeed to be pitied if you find yourself compelled to sit through a Mabel Normand picture. Luckily there are few members of the screen loving public who don't like Mabel, and their number is becoming less all the time. Anyone who can sit through "Jinx" and come away without profound respect for Miss Normand's comedy ability, is indeed exceptional.
The Jinx is the nickname of an orphan who is some way has become attached to a circus. She brings disaster to everybody she comes in contact with, and is treated accordingly. Her greatest misdemeanor, however, occurs when she takes the place of the serpentine dancer and disgraces the show before all who might possibly get it out of its financial difficulties. The dire fate that is sure to overtake her when she and the manager get together causes her to run away. An orphan asylum offers the most convenient refuge, and here she stages an amateur circus which is a riot of amusement. Here also she is found by the wild man of the show, who does not share the company's prejudice against her, and we are left to suppose that at some date after the end of the picture the two become a happy bride and groom.
Obviously such a story as this is not sufficient to entertain even the most simple minded audience without mammoth assistance from the cast. In this case the cast is ninety-nine per cent Mabel Normand.
MABEL NORMAND SAYS:
Acting in the “movies” is like a cold. You get used to both after a while.
Which would you rather do, play a village cutup or a society girl?” Miss Normand was asked. “Race Tom Moore in my new Stutz,” she replied.
I think Will Rogers has some fish blood in him. He dances like a crocodile, but swims like a shark.
You can’t tell anything about a person’s dancing by looking at him, “Take my director, Victor Schertzinger for instance. When he walks across a set, you’d think someone was playing a waltz, and he couldn’t control his feet.
They say Jazz isn’t music. Did you hear of anyone dancing to a Beethoven sonata?”