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Charlie Chaplin Classics
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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, “The Tramp”, and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.
Years active‎: ‎1899–1976


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Movie: Making a Living ( 1914 )
An out-of-work swindler takes a job as a reporter. After witnessing a car go over cliff, he grabs a rival reporter's camera and races to the newspaper office to enter the photo as his own. His rival is delayed when he gets caught in a woman's bedroom by her jealous husband. The swindler follows the distribution of the paper containing his 'scoop' around town where he is once again chased by the rival reporter. Both end up on the cow-catcher of a streetcar.
Movie: Kid Auto Races at Venice ( 1914 )
Charlie, dressed as a tramp for the first time, goes to a baby-cart race in Venice, California. He causes a great deal of trouble and confusion, both on off the track (getting in the way of the cameraman) and on (interfering with the race). He succeeds in irritating both the participants and the public.
Movie: Mabel's Strange Predicament ( 1914 )
In a hotel lobby an inebriated Charlie runs into an elegant lady, gets tied hup in her dog's leash, and falls down. He later runs into her in the hotel corridor, locked out of her room. They run through various rooms. Mabel ends up in one of an elderly husband where she hides under the bed. Enter the jealous wife and Mabel's lover.
Movie: Between Showers ( 1914 )
Charlie and another man compete in trying to help a young lady cross a muddy street. The rival finds a wooden plank which Charlie takes from him. They fight over an umbrella belonging to the rival. A policeman settles the dispute, ultimately arresting the rival. An innocent tramp is pushed into the lake.
Movie: A Film Johnnie ( 1914 )
Charlie attempts to meet his favorite movie actress at the Keystone Studio, but does not win friends there.
Movie: Tango Tangle ( 1914 )
Out of costume, Charlie is a clean-shaven dandy who, somewhat drunk, visits a dance hall. There the wardrobe girl has three rival admirers: the band leader, one of the musicians, and now Charlie.
Movie: His Favorite Pastime ( 1914 )
Charlie gets into a fight at his regular bar and finally crawls out under the door. He then boards a streetcar and follows a beautiful lady in a taxi. He breaks into her home. Her husband comes finds him trying to seduce his wife.
Movie: Cruel, Cruel Love ( 1914 )
A rich lord loves a girl. A maid who has seen the two accosts the lord in a park and embraces him. This is seen by the girl who calls off their relationship. The lord decides to commit suicide, but the butler replaces the poison with water. The girl, her love now restored, rushes to what she thinks is the lord's deathbed.
Movie: The Star Boarder ( 1914 )
Charlie stays at a boarding-house, where he is the landlady's favorite. Her husband grows jealous when observing this. Their little son has a camera. He happens to take some photos of his mother and Charlie in situations which are innocent but look indecent. He also takes a photo of his father and a female boarding-guest in a similar situation. In the evening the boy arranges a slide show in the boarding-house. Suddenly also the equivocal photos of his parents appear on the screen. His jealous father gets furious and starts chasing Charlie. Soon all the boarding-guests are involved in the fight.
Movie: Mabel at the Wheel ( 1914 )
Charlie, competing with his rival's race car, offers Mabel a ride on his motorcycle but drops her in a puddle. He next joins some dubious characters in abduction of his rival just before the race for the Vanderbilt Cup. With her boyfriend locked up in a shed, Mabel takes his place. Charlie does what he can to sabotage the race, even causing Mabel's car to overturn.
Movie: Twenty Minutes of Love ( 1914 )
Charlie is amidst a number of loving couples in the park. He parodies one couple by embracing a tree. A girl asks her beau for a love token. The beau steals a pocket watch from a sleeping man, Charlie gets it away from him and gives it to the girl. He later gets it back and tries to sell it to his original owner who calls a policeman. Many park visitors wind up getting tossed into the lake.
Movie: Caught in a Cabaret ( 1914 )
Given an hour off from his job as a cafe waiter, Charlie rescues Mabel from a thug, is given an invitation to her home, and arrives presenting a card which falsely identifies him as the Greek Ambassador. Before he can get back to work, her parents invite him to a future garden party. Her jealous lover has Charlie followed back to the cafe. Charlie is a hit at the garden party but, as he leaves to return to work, the rival invites everyone to go with him to the cafe so Charlie will be exposed.
Movie: Caught in the Rain ( 1914 )
When a married couple become separated in the park, Charlie takes up with the lady and is beat up when her husband rejoins her. He takes a room in their hotel, and she sleepwalks into his room so that when her husband returns from his walk he must go out again to look for her. Charlie returns the lady to her room but must climb out onto the window ledge in a downpour.
Movie: A Busy Day ( 1914 )
Charlie plays a woman, jealous over her husband's interest in another woman. She gets in the way of a cameraman, knocks over a director and a policeman, and gets thrown into a crowd of spectators at a military parade. She attacks her husband and his new flame. The husband throws her off the pier into the harbor.
Movie: The Fatal Mallet ( 1914 )
Charlie throws a brick at a man and woman and gets it thrown back at him. The rivals fight. The lady leaves with a third suitor. Charlie finds a wooden mallet with which he subdues both rivals, locking them in a barn. He kicks the lady who instantly falls for him.
Movie: Her Friend the Bandit ( 1914 )
Lost Charles Chaplin's comedy film about her friend.
Movie: Mabel's Busy Day ( 1914 )
A hotdog girl gives one to a policeman who then allows her into a race track. While other customers swipe her hotdogs, Charlie runs off with the whole box, pretending to sell them while actually giving them away. She calls her policeman who battles Charlie.
Movie: Mabel's Married Life ( 1914 )
Mabel goes home after being humiliated by a masher whom her wimpy husband won't fight. The husband goes off to a bar and gets drunk. She buys a boxing dummy hoping it will inspire her husband, but when he returns he gets in a fight with it, taking it to be the ladykiller.
Movie: Laughing Gas ( 1914 )
Charlie pretends to be a dentist though he is only his assistant. When a patient can't stop laughing from the anesthesia Charlie knocks him out with a club. He is sent to the drug store, gets in a fight with a man who (after a brick in the face) becomes another patient, and pulls the skirt off the dentist's wife (who is out walking). At one point Charlie pulls a tooth (the wrong one) using enormous pliers.
Movie: The Property Man ( 1914 )
Charlie has trouble with actors' luggage and conflicts over who gets the star's dressing room. There are further difficulties with frequent scene changes, wrong entries and a fireman's hose. At one point he juggles an athlete's supposed weights. The humor is still rough: he kicks an older assistant in the face and allows him to be run over by a truck.
Movie: The Face on the Barroom Floor ( 1914 )
The plot is a satire derived from Hugh Antoine D'Arcy's poem of the same title. The painter courts Madeleine but loses to the wealthy client who sits for his portrait. The despairing artist...
Movie: Recreation ( 1914 )
Charlie is walking in the park. A girl leaves a seaman on one bench and joins Charlie on another. The seaman wakes up. He and Charlie stage a brick fight. Policemen get hit and arrest both men. During an ensuing fight on the dock the policemen, the seaman, Charlie and the girl wind up in the water.
Movie: The Masquerader ( 1914 )
Charlie is an actor in a film studio. He messes up several scenes and is tossed out. Returning dressed as a lady, he charms the director. Even so, Charlie never makes it into film, winding up at the bottom of a well.
Movie: His New Profession ( 1914 )
Charlie meets a couple and agrees to care for the man's crippled uncle. After the couple breaks up the man's new girl drops some eggs which Charlie slips on while trying to control the wheelchair. Charlie sets up the uncle near another wheelchair on a jetty, from which he lifts a beggar's cup and "invalid" sign. These he places with the uncle, and money begins to roll in. Charlie takes the money and buys himself a drink. Returning, he gets to know the abandoned young woman. After pushing the uncle and his chair into the drink and battling the beggar and two policemen (one of whom arrests the uncle), Charlie beats up his rival and gets the girl.
Movie: Police ( 1916 )
Charles Chaplin, a convict, is given $5.00 and released from prison after having served his term. He meets a man of the church who makes him weep for his sins and while he is weeping takes the $5.00 away from him. Chaplin goes to a fruit stand and samples the fruit. When he goes to pay for it he finds his $5.00 is missing. This results in a battle with the fruit dealer, but Chaplin finally escapes. He is held up by a footpad and finds it is his former cellmate. He is inveigled into joining him in robbing a house. They put a police officer out of commission with a mallet and stack up the silverware. They then start upstairs to search the upper rooms, but are met by a young woman who implores them to leave because her mother is ill and fears the shock will kill her. Chaplin's heart is touched but the footpad insists on ransacking the house. This results in a battle between the footpad and Chaplin. While they are fighting, a squad of police arrives. The footpad makes his escape, but the police capture Chaplin. The woman of the house, however, saves him by telling the police he is her husband. She gives him a dollar and he leaves. He goes to a lodging house and in order to save his dollar from thieves puts it in his mouth, swallowing it while he sleeps. A crook robs all the men in the lodging house but Chaplin takes the money away from him, and also the rings his "pal" had stolen. This starts a battle in which all join. Chaplin flees. In order to do a good turn to the woman who had saved him from the police, he takes her rings back.
Movie: The Floorwalker ( 1916 )
The Tramp is tricked into impersonating an embezzling floorwalker in a department store.
Movie: The Fireman ( 1916 )
Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the Chief) is upstairs in the house. When the house next door catches fire its owner rouses Charlie who rouses the force.
Movie: The Vagabond ( 1916 )
Charlie, the emotional violinist, flees to a gipsy camp, only to find himself playing for an abducted girl. Soon, a unique birthmark will pave the way for an unexpected rescue and a marvellous new life. But, will she forget him so easily?
Movie: One A.M. ( 1916 )
After a night on the town, Charlie comes home to the house where he is staying, drunk and unable to find his key. For the next twenty minutes he staggers into, out of, and through the house in an inebriated confrontation with the house itself.
Movie: The Count ( 1916 )
Charlie burns a count's trousers while ironing them and is fired. The tailor finds an invitation to dinner at Miss Moneybags and goes in place of the count. Charlie goes to the kitchen of the same house; he is attracted to the cook, and so are the butler and a policeman. Once discovered by the tailor-count, Charlie must pretend to be the count's secretary. The real count shows up.
Movie: The Pawnshop ( 1916 )
Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.
Movie: The Essanay-Chaplin Revue of 1916 ( 1916 )
Compilation of several Chaplin shorts made for the Essanay Company during 1915, including The Tramp, His New Job, and A Night Out.
Movie: Behind the Screen ( 1916 )
Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.
Movie: The Rink ( 1916 )
After causing restaurant chaos at work, a bumbling waiter tears up the local roller rink with his skating.
Movie: Easy Street ( 1917 )
A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.
Movie: The Cure ( 1917 )
An alcoholic checks into a health spa and his antics promptly throw the establishment into chaos.
Movie: The Immigrant ( 1917 )
Charlie is on his way to the USA. He wins in a card game, puts the money in Edna's bag (she and her sick mother have been robbed of everything). When he retrieves a little for himself he is accused of being a thief. Edna clears his name. Later, broke, Charlie finds a coin and goes into a restaurant. There he finds Edna, whose mother has died, and asks her to join him. When he reaches for the coin to pay for their meals it is missing (it has fallen through a hole in his pocket).
Movie: The Adventurer ( 1917 )
The Little Tramp escapes from prison; saves a girl and her mother from drowning; and creates havoc at a swank party.
Movie: How to Make Movies ( 1918 )
Movie: Chase Me Charlie ( 1918 )
Chase Me Charlie was an anthology consisting of excerpts from several of Chaplin's short films made for the Essanay Company, including The Tramp, Shanghaied, In the Park, The Bank, By the Sea, A Night Out, The Champion, The Woman, and His New Job.
Movie: A Dog's Life ( 1918 )
The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.
Movie: Triple Trouble ( 1918 )
As Colonel Nutt is experimenting with explosives, a new janitor is joining his household. The inept janitor proceeds to make life difficult for the rest of staff. Meanwhile, a foreign agent arrives at the house in hopes of getting Col. Nutt's latest invention. The inventor throws him out, so the agent then employs a thug to get the formula. When police head to the Nutt home to start an investigation, a complicated fracas ensues.
Movie: Shoulder Arms ( 1918 )
Charlie is in boot camp in the "awkward squad." Once in France he gets no letters from home. He finally gets a package containing limburger cheese which requires a gas mask and which he throws over into the German trench. He goes "over the top" and captures thirteen Germans ("I surrounded them"), then volunteers to wander through the German lines disguised as a tree trunk. With the help of a French girl he captures the Kaiser and the Crown Prince and is given a statue and victory parade in New York and then ... fellow soldiers wake him from his dream.
Movie: The Professor ( 1919 )
Professor Bosco, a poor flea trainer, rents a bed in a flophouse. Before going to bed, he rallies his troops and once he has made sure his beloved fleas are settled for the night, the professor prepares to sleep the sleep of the just man. Unfortunately he accidentally knocks the box off his bed and the fleas have the time of their lives pestering Bosco's neighbors. To get the escapees back in their box again, the trainer resorts to... his whip! All is back to normal one more time. But not for long, as a stray dog enters the flophouse and very unwisely opens the box, thus creating new havoc.
Movie: Sunnyside ( 1919 )
Charlie works on a farm from 4am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee, holding an chicken over the frying pan to get fried eggs). He loves the neighbor's daughter Edna but is disliked by her father. He rides a cow into a stream and is kicked off. Unconscious, he dreams of a nymph dance. Back in reality a city slicker is hurt in a car crash and is being cared for by Edna. When Charlie is rejected after attempting to imitate the slicker, the result is ambiguous--either tragic or a happy ending. Critics have long argued as to whether the final scene is real or a dream.
Movie: A Day's Pleasure ( 1919 )
Father takes his family for a drive in their falling-apart Model T Ford, gets in trouble in traffic, and spends the day on an excursion boat. As the boat is about to leave Charlie rushes ashore for cigarettes. As he returns the boat is leaving, but a fat lady has fallen forward with feet on the dock and hands on the deck so Charlie is able rush aboard across her back.
Movie: The Kid ( 1921 )
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.
Movie: The Idle Class ( 1921 )
The conflict here is between Charlie the wealthy and alcoholic husband and Charlie the Tramp: the idle rich and the idle poor. In the opening scene wealthy Edna descends from a Pullman car while the Tramp crawls out from under another one. At a fancy masquerade ball Edna's husband appears as a knight whose visor is stuck closed. The Tramp shows up, running from the law, and is mistaken for the husband. Edna finds the new "husband" more to her liking than the real one. When true identities are revealed, a fight breaks out and the Tramp is ejected.
Movie: Nice and Friendly ( 1922 )
There is no real plot in this little short, who was made only as a wedding present for Lord and Lady Mountbatten. The main plot line is that Lady Mountbatten has a valuable pearl necklace, ...
Movie: Seeing Stars ( 1922 )
A rare film from First National set a gala celebrity banquet and promoting the releases of several then upcoming films including The Pilgrim (1923), The Balloonatic (1923) and Day Dreams (1922).
Movie: Pay Day ( 1922 )
After a difficult day at work, a bricklayer tries to enjoy his pay day without his wife knowing.
Movie: The Pilgrim ( 1923 )
The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church.
Movie: The Gold Rush ( 1925 )
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.
Movie: The Circus: Premiere ( 1928 )
Movie: The Circus ( 1928 )
The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.
Movie: Charly Chaplin in Wien ( 1931 )
Movie: City Lights ( 1931 )
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.
Movie: The Movie Album ( 1932 )
This short features clips from silent films (mostly unidentified) of the 1910's, accompanied by humorous commentary. Highlighted are early appearances of stars still recognized today (e.g., ...
Movie: All at Sea ( 1933 )
Movie: Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 ( 1934 )
Short film filled with cameo appearances by many of the top film stars of the time. The best scene is at the film premiere, apparently the premiere was a costume event and many of the stars are dressed in various costumes. The stars would stop and pose for the newsreel cameras and then Frankie Darro would go up to them and either ask for an autograph or tell the stars he is there to deliver a telegram. Apparently the stars didn't know they were being filmed for a short subject. This film has a sound track and you can hear many of the stars make remarks to Darro, oblivious to the fact that they were being filmed. Constance Cummings tells Darro "her hands are shaking she is so cold." Paulette Goddard says to Darro "you have makeup on." When Charlie Chaplin asks for the telegram, he is told by Darro that "the envelops is empty." Look for a young Jean Harlow on the arm of George Raft and Arline Judge. This film is part of the added features on the double feature DVD by Catcom Home Video of "At War With the Army" and "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy." The film is in the public domain.
Movie: Modern Times ( 1936 )
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
Movie: Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 3 ( 1936 )
Stars watch the tennis matches at the Los Angeles Country Club, while other stars participate in the games.
Movie: Charlie Chaplin Carnival ( 1938 )
Four Chaplin shorts from 1916: Behind the Screen, The Count, The Fireman, and The Vagabond, presented with music and sound effects.
Movie: The Eternal Jew ( 1940 )
Under the guise of a brutally honest documentary, this malevolent propaganda film aims to be an "indispensable tool in the hands of the Aryan race", designed to depict the "true" Jew when the masks of western civilisation fall off.
Movie: The Great Dictator ( 1941 )
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.
Movie: The Charlie Chaplin Festival ( 1941 )
Four Chaplin shorts from 1917: The Adventurer, The Cure, Easy Street and The Immigrant, presented with music and sound effects.
Movie: The Chaplin Cavalcade ( 1941 )
Four Chaplin shorts from 1916: One A.M., The Rink, The Pawnshop, and The Floorwalker, presented with music and sound effects.
Movie: Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back ( 1946 )
Screen Snapshots No.8 in 1945-46 series (production number 7858) is a review of the film comedy talents of previous eras and years.The yesterday comedy stars seen include Ben Turpin, Andy Clyde, Marie Dressler and others, while the reel moves up to date (1946s) with the likes of Abbott and Costello, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Olsen and Johnson, The Three Stooges and others.
Movie: Monsieur Verdoux ( 1947 )
A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.
Movie: Limelight ( 1952 )
A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
Movie: Screen Snapshots: Spike Jones in Hollywood ( 1953 )
In this Columbia entry of the Screen Snapshots series (production number 5855), Ken Murray takes band-leader Spike Jones and his family (wife and kids)on a Hollywood tour to see the stars (via Murray's vintage home movie footage) at play. Among the celebrities at play they see Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Boris Karloff at a charity tennis tournament.
Movie: All in Good Fun ( 1955 )
Bob Monkhouse introduces comedy clips from the early days of cinema.
Movie: A King in New York ( 1957 )
A recently-deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later wrongly accused of being a Communist.
Movie: The Chaplin Revue ( 1959 )
Three Chaplin silent comedies "A Dog's Life", "Shoulder Arms", and "The Pilgrim" are strung together to form a single feature length film. Chaplin provides new music, narration, and a small amount of new connecting material. "Shoulder Arms" is now described as taking place in a time before "the atom bomb".
Movie: Lifetime of Comedy ( 1960 )
Movie: When Comedy Was King ( 1960 )
A feature-length documentary devoted to the great clowns of silent comedy.
Movie: Days of Thrills and Laughter ( 1961 )
An appreciative, uncritical look at silent film comedies and thrillers from early in the century through the 1920s. It starts with a 1905 look at French comedy, goes through the 1910s with Sennett, Chaplin, and Fairbanks, and into the 1920s with Max Roach, Snub Pollard, Harry Langdon, Al St. John, Charlie Chase, and the teaming of Laurel and Hardy. Thrillers feature Houdini and serials, with special attention to Pearl White, Ruth Roland, and Monty Banks. The film often lets the silent pictures speak for themselves, running entire one-reelers or significant chunks of an old movie.
Movie: Nickelodeon Days ( 1962 )
Compilation feature of silent-era shorts and newsreels, including Harry Langdon's "Saturday Afternoon," Charlie Chaplin's "Easy Street" and Buster Keaton's "Cops."
Movie: 30 Years of Fun ( 1963 )
Movie: The Funniest Man in the World ( 1968 )
This documentary examines the early career of Charlie Chaplin, from childhood through his introduction to the movies at the Keystone, Essanay and Mutual studios.
Movie: Chaplinesque, My Life and Hard Times ( 1972 )
The biography of silent film legend Charlie Chaplin is brought to the screen with the narration of fellow silent star, Gloria Swanson.
Movie: The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War ( 1975 )
"The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War" (1975) is a compilation documentary narrated by Lowell Thomas, illustrating changing attitudes toward the war and its participants, as well as ...
Movie: The Gentleman Tramp ( 1976 )
A film about the life and work of the master comedy filmmaker, Charles Chaplin.
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