Those Love Pangs [Charlie Chaplin]

Those Love Pangs (1 reel) (released October 10, 1914)

In Those Love Pangs, Charlie Chaplin and Chester Conklin fight for the affection of several ladies … Over the protests of their boyfriends! This leads to an altercation in a movie theater.

Those Love Pangs is an example of a Keystone comedy. Lots of motion and commotion, hoping to result in comedy. It’s very fast paced, and begins with both Chester Conklin and Charlie Chaplin trying to flirt with their landlady. And failing, as both sabotage the other, using a fork and a curtain.

In Those Love Pangs, Charlie and Chester Conklin fight for the affection of several ladies … Over the protests of their boyfriends! This leads to an altercation in a movie theater.

After losing a fistfight to Chester, they both go out to a park, and try to flirt with pretty ladies there as well. Oddly, Chester succeeds, with a pretty blond lady throwing herself all over him. Charlie fails with a pretty girl — and is chased away by her boyfriend.

Despondent, Charlie goes to drown himself in a nearby lake. But, a nearby (and abusive) police officer prevents him. Charlie finds himself the the two happy couples. Unable to hold back, he assaults the men, chases the girls away to a nearby movie theater … and chases after them there.

The brunette’s boyfriend drags himself out of the lake where Charlie pushed him, joins forces with Chester, and they pursue Charlie. The girls quickly leave, and the boyfriends take their place. The film ends with the boyfriend getting their revenge, beating up Charlie and throwing him through the movie screen.

Trivia

  • Both Billy Gilbert and Chevy Chase are unaccredited extras in the movie theater at the end of the movie
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