Charlie Chaplin

A Film Johnnie (1914) Charlie Chaplin

The Tramp visits a nickelodeon and falls in love with the pretty ‘Keystone Girl’ (Virginia Kirtley) he sees on the screen. Physically ejected from the nickelodeon for his unruly behavior, he makes his way to the Keystone studios and causes chaos among the many productions. A local fire causes the Keystone crew to take their […]

Between Showers (1914) Charlie Chaplin

Between Showers was inspired by a series of torrential rainstorms that soaked Los Angeles. (The large roadside puddle used in the comedy suggests the severity of these rains). As much a Chaplin comedy as a vehicle for Ford Sterling, the comic situation for this violent, improvised film involves a display of gallantry toward a young […]

A Thief Catcher – (1914) Charles Chaplin

A Thief Catcher is a one-reel 1914 American comedy film, produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone film company, directed by Ford Sterling, and starring Sterling, Mack Swain, Edgar Kennedy, and Charles Chaplin as a policeman. Chaplin had claimed in interviews that he had played a bit-role as a policeman while at Keystone Studios. Cast Ford Sterling: Chief Charles Chaplin: Policeman (uncredited) William Hauber: Policeman (uncredited) […]

Mabel’s Strange Predicament (1914) Charlie Chaplin

This is the first film in which Chaplin wore the Tramp costume (Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. was photographed after Chaplin had filmed his first scene in Mabel’s Strange Predicament and—because of its split-reel length—was finished and shipped for distribution before Mabel’s Strange Predicament). This assertion is confirmed not only by Chaplin’s memories, but […]

Making a Living (1914) Charlie Chaplin first film

In his first comedy, made from January 5-9, 1914, Chaplin has not adopted his famous character or costume. His character is a dubious dandy who aspires to be a newspaper reporter; he sports a top hat, frock coat, monocle, and drooping moustache. (He later adopted a variation of this costume for Professor Bosco—a flea-circus proprietor—in […]

Work (1915) Charlie Chaplin

Work is a 1915 silent film starring Charlie Chaplin (his eighth film for Essanay Films), and co-starring Edna Purviance, Marta Golden and Charles Inslee. It was filmed at the Majestic Studio in Los Angeles. (Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)

His Musical Career (1914) Charlie Chaplin

Charlie and his partner are to deliver a piano to 666 Prospect St. and repossess one from 999 Prospect St. They confuse the addresses. The difficulties of delivering the piano by mule cart, and most of the specific gags, appeared later in Laurel and Hardy’s “The Music Box”. (Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)

Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) Charlie Chaplin

Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. is enormously important as the comedy in which audiences first saw Chaplin’s Tramp character. It is also invaluable as it affords an opportunity to examine the reactions of Chaplin’s first audience—the spectators at the car race—to the comic antics of the Tramp. Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. was […]

The Bank (1915) Charlie Chaplin

The Bank was Charlie Chaplin’s tenth film for Essanay Films. Released in 1915, it is a departure from the tramp character, as Charlie Chaplin plays a janitor at a bank. Edna Purviance plays the secretary on whom Charlie has a crush and dreams that she has fallen in love with him. Filmed at the Majestic […]

The Dentist (1914) Charlie Chaplin

The Dentist is a 1914 film starring Charlie Chaplin. The film is also known as Busy Little Dentist, Down and Out, Laffing Gas, and Tuning His Ivories. We are told Charlie is a dental assistant. He arrives at work where the patients are already waiting. He joins the tiny second dental assistant in the back […]

The Pawnshop (1916) Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin’s ” The Pawnshop” 56th classic comedy Film Released Oct 02 1916. The Pawnshop was Charlie Chaplin’s sixth film for Mutual Film Company. Story: Working as an assistant in a pawnshop, the Tramp romances the daughter of the boss, deals with problem customers, and ultimately foils a robbery. Charlie Says: ‘When I arrive [at […]

A Night in the Show (1915) Charlie Chaplin

A Night in the Show was Charlie Chaplin’s 12th film for Essanay. It was made at Majestic Studio in Los Angeles the fall of 1915. Chaplin played two roles: one as Mr. Pest and one as Mr. Rowdy. The film was created from Chaplin’s stage work from a play called Mumming Birds (a.k.a. A Night […]

The Fireman (1916) Charlie Chaplin

The Fireman is the second film Charlie Chaplin created for Mutual Film Corporation in 1916. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)

Easy Street (1917) Charlie Chaplin

A reformed tramp becomes a policeman to fight a huge thug terrorizing an inner city street. (Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)

Police (1916) Charlie Chaplin

Police is Charlie Chaplin’s 14th film with Essanay Studios and was released in 1916. It was made at the Majestic Studio in Los Angeles. Charlie plays an ex-convict who finds life on the outside not to his liking and leads him to breaking into a home with another thief (Wesley Ruggles). Edna Purviance plays the […]