Mabel’s Married Life Keystone 1914
What makes this film so funny? This one scene hints at the artistic genius that lay ahead.
Charlie drunk believing the sports dummy is a real person, he plays it with such a serious expression that you find yourself thinking it is a real person too.
Earlier in the film there is a guy that is wearing a similar sweater and cap harassing his wife Mabel, Charlie wimps out - so his wife finds this sports dummy wearing something similar she buys it hoping to teach him to fight.
Charlie comes home drunk off his ass, at first he thinks he has entered the wrong apartment, he then thinks this is is the guy from earlier and he has followed his wife home, attempts to show the dummy the door, when that does not work, he pushes him to leave, Charlie thinks the dummy has punched and knocked him down, at this point his wife Mabel comes in and points out the obvious.
They were great together in this and all the films they did together.