Cross-eyed comedian Ben Turpin had a face made for silent comedy. Before joining Mack Sennett, many of the previous film companies Turpin worked for played down his crossed-eyes. But Sennett knew better. A close-up of Ben meant big laughs — and big money.

Sennett’s writers and gag-men recognized the possibilities of casting Turpin in outrageously improbable roles. His parodies of popular movies, and movie stars, were without equal in their absurd and outrageous burlesque.

Ben Turpin was Mack Sennett’s most popular and highest paid star during the twenties, and would remain with the Studio throughout the silent era.