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Raggedy Rose


There are a couple of different stories about why Hal Roach signed Mabel Normand to star in films for him. Some say it was because Roach felt there was still life in the comedienne. But F. Richard Jones, the studio's supervising director, who had worked with Normand during her days with Mack Sennett, said he asked Roach to hire her because "she needed the work." Regardless, Roach did take extra care with his new star, assigning Stan Laurel (at the time one of his best directors and not yet a Roach star...more