Short Films

Police (1916) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

Police [Charlie Chaplin]

Police (1916) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

Police is an Essanay silent comedy starring Charlie Chaplin, as Charlie – convict 999.  The film begins with him being released from prison and given $5.00 (a large sum at the time).  No sooner is he out, however, then a bogus parson tries to convince him to “go straight”.  Reading Bible passages brings him to the point of tears.  While Charlie wipes his tears on the man’s long beard, the bogus parson picks his pocket of the money. (more…)

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His Favorite Pastime - Charlie Chaplin

His Favorite Pastime

His Favorite Pastime, starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle – March 16, 1914

His Favorite Pastime is one of  Charlie Chaplin’s earlier appearances at the Little Tramp.  Although he looks like the Little Tramp, he hasn’t quite cemented the character of Charlie the Tramp at this point. (more…)

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City Lights - The Chaplin Collection, starring Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherill, DVD cover

City Lights

City Lights (1931) written by, produced by and starring Charlie Chaplin

Synopsis of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

City Lights - The Chaplin Collection, starring Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherill, DVD cover

In City Lights, Charlie Chaplin plays the part of Charlie the little tramp, a homeless vagabond, who encounters a flower girl, only to discover that she’s blind. After Charlie rescues an inebriated rich man from committing suicide, the eccentric millionaire decides that Charlie is his best friend.  He takes Charlie out partying, gives him a car, etc.– only to totally forgot about him when he’s sober.

Charlie uses the millionaire’s money (when he can) to help the blind girl who mistakenly thinks that Charlie is the millionaire.   But when the forgetful millionaire leaves town, Charlie needs to raise money to help the girl.   Charlie works as a street sweeper and tries to win a boxing match.   The millionaire returns, inebriated, at the last moment, and cheerfully gives Charlie the money.  Only to forget about it moments later.   The end of the movie is sad, ending with a true tearjerker moment.  Charlie and the flower girl, now cured of her blindness, are reunited. (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin in the trenches in his World War I film, Shoulder Arms

Shoulder Arms

Shoulder Arms (1918) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Sydney Chaplin

Shoulder Arms is a silent film made by Charlie Chaplin, released at the end of World War I.   It details the adventures of Chaplin’s world-famous Little Tramp character, Charlie, as he is drafted. (more…)

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The Rounders - starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle

The Rounders

The Rounders (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle

A silent film during Charlie Chaplin’s time with the Keystone studio, where Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle are inebriated husbands, who after being beaten up by their wives, sneak out for … more drinks!

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Sunnyside (1919) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

Sunnyside

Sunnyside (1919) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

Sunnyside is an unusual  Charlie Chaplin short film in several respects.  First, although the main character is clearly Charlie the Little Tramp, he’s not really a tramp in this movie.  He’s gainfully employed by Henry Bergman as a worker at a farm/hotel, working from 4:00 a.m. until late at night.   (more…)

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The Immigrant - Charlie Chaplin eating on board ship

The Immigrant (1917) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

The Immigrant produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman

Synopsis of The Immigrant:

 The Immigrant is the story of Charlie the Little Tramp coming to America for the first time, fittingly enough on a “tramp” steamer. On the way, he meets fellow immigrant Edna Purviance who is taking care of her sickly mother.  Charlie fights seasickness and the ship’s rolling decks, nearly gets arrested for something he didn’t do, and nearly gets beaten up after eating a meal he can’t pay for.  But all ends happily ever after with Charlie and Edna gainfully employed and about to get married. (more…)

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His New Profession (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Charley Chase

His New Profession

His New Profession (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Charley Chase

His New Profession where Charlie Chaplin, as the Little Tramp, turns a quiet day at the park into chaos – especially for the people in wheelchairs! (more…)

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Easy Street (1917) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

Easy Street

Review of Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film, Easy Street.  Co-starring Eric Campbell as the bully who terrorizes the slum.  Edna Purviance as the mission worker who reaches Charlie the Tramp.  Who, after his reformation, becomes the cop on the beat who has to stop Eric the bully (more…)

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A Dog's Life, starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin, Albert Austin, Bud Jamison

A Dog’s Life

A Dog’s Life (1918) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin, Albert Austin, Bud Jamison

Charlie Chaplin‘s  A Dog’s Life is one of his funniest short films, with a lot of heart as well. It begins with Charlie the Little Tramp living a vagabond life in an abandoned lot, playing “hide and seek” with a police officer.   This is one of the funniest moments in the film, which has to be seen to be appreciated. He goes to the unemployment office to look for a job.  Another hilarious slapstick bit as little Charlie gets bounced from one row of applicants to another by the larger applicants, who proceed to take all of the job opportunities. Disappointed, Charlie returns to his “home” and rescues his dog, Scraps, from other mongrels. (more…)

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