Selection of photographs from the Mack Sennett papers. Mack Sennett (1880-1960) was a Canadian-born director, producer, actor, and screenwriter active in film from 1908 to 1935. He is best remembered as the man behind the Keystone Kops, the custard pie, and the Sennett Bathing Beauties. Sennett began acting in films at Biograph studios in mid-1908, and by late 1910 he was directing Biograph shorts. He left Biograph for the newly formed Keystone in 1912, and in 1915 Keystone was incorporated into the newly created Triangle Film Corporation. In 1917 Sennett organized his own company, Mack Sennett Comedies Corporation. He became an active member of the Academy in 1929. He was nominated for producing the short subjects THE LOUD MOUTH (1932) and WRESTLING SWORDFISH (1931), receiving an Oscar for the latter. In March 1938 Mack Sennett was presented with a Special Academy Award. Read more about the Mack Sennett papers.
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