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Charlie Chaplin Shorts (1914-1922)



Charlie Chaplin Shorts

Film / Silent / Comedy

Sir Charles Spencer 'Charlie' Chaplin, KBE, was an English comic actor and film director whose career started during the beginning of the silent film era. He became one of the best-known film stars in the world before the end of the World War I. His popularity was only rivaled by Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, and no one surpassed his overall creativity. Chaplin used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines, including his most famous role, that of The Tramp , which he first played in the Keystone comedy Kid Auto Races at Venice in 1914. But he was also prolific behind the scenes. Beginning with the one reel film, Twenty Minutes of Love, he wrote and directed most of his films. By 1916 he was also producing his own films, and beginning in 1918 he composed the music. Joining Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin co-founded United Artists in 1919.

Chaplin's working life in entertainment spanned over seventy-five years, beginning as a child performer at the Music Hall in the United Kingdom. In 1940 he was nominated for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for his masterpiece, The Great Dictator . George Bernard Shaw called Chaplin "the only genius to come out of the movie industry". In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Chaplin the 10th greatest male screen legend of all time.


Making a Living

(1914)

13 minutes.

Directed by Henry Lehrman

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Kirtley and Alice Davenport

Film / Silent / Comedy

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.


Kid Auto Races at Venice

(1914)

11 minutes.

Directed by Henry Lehrman

Cast: Charlie Chaplin and Frank D. Williams

Film / Silent / Comedy

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 and off the track by getting in the way of the cameraman and by interfering with the race. He succeeds in irritating both the participants and the public.


The Tramp

(1915)

Comedy / Silent

32 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Ernest Van Pelt

Charlie, the Little Tramp, finds work on a family's farm and the girl of his dreams.


Mabel's Strange Predicament

(1914)

17 minutes.

Directed by Henry Lehrman and Mack Sennett

Cast: Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand

Film / Silent / Comedy

In a hotel lobby an inebriated Charlie runs into an elegant lady, gets tied up 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.


Between Showers

(1914)

15 minutes.

Directed by Henry Lehrman

Cast: Charlie Chaplin and Ford Sterling

Film / Silent / Comedy

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.


Film Johnny

(1914)

15 minutes.

Directed by George Nichols

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Viginia Kirtley

Film / Silent / Comedy

Charlie attempts to meet his favorite movie actress at the Keystone Studio, but does not win friends there.


The Tango Tangle

(1914)

12 minutes

Directed by Mack Sennett

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Ford Sterling

Film / Silent / Comedy

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.


His Favorite Pastime

(1914)

16 minutes.

Directed by George Nichols

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Peggy Pearce

Film / Silent / Comedy

A very plastered fella follows a pretty woman home, and proceeds to make a nuisance of himself.


The Star Boarder

(aka The Landlady's Pet)

(1914)

Comedy / Silent

Directed by George Nichols

Cast:

Charlie Chaplin as the Star Boarder
Minta Durfee as the Landlady
Edgar Kennedy as the landlady's husband
Gordon Griffith as the landlady's son
Alice Davenport as the landlady's friend

Charlie is the favorite of the landlady, and when her son catches an unguarded moment between them her husband and the other tenants become jealous.


20 Minutes of Love

(1914)

20 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Minta Durfee and Edgar Kennedy

Film / Silent / Comedy

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.


Caught in a Cabaret

(1914)

16 minutes.

Directed by Mabel Normand

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Harry McCoy

Film / Silent / Comedy

Charlie is a clumsy waiter in a cheap cabaret, suffering the strict orders from his boss. He'll meet a pretty girl in the park, pretending to be a fancy ambassador, despite the jealousy of her fiancee.


A Busy Day

(1914)

16 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Phyllis Allen and Mack Swain

Film / Silent / Comedy

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.


The Fatal Mallet

(1914)

18 minutes.

Directed by Mack Sennett

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett

Film / Silent / Comedy

Three men fight for the love of a charming girl. Charlie fights dirty, throwing bricks to his contender, and using a huge hammer to hurt one of them. But a precocious kid will be the fourth suitor in the discord.


The Knockout

(1914)

27 minutes.

Directed by Charles Avery

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Edgar Kennedy

Film / Silent / Comedy

To show his girl how brave he is Fatty challenges the champion to a fight. Charlie referees, trying to avoid contact with the two monsters.


Mabel's Married Life

(1914)

17 minutes.

Directed by  Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Mack Swain

Film / Silent / Comedy

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 masher from earlier that evening.


Face on the Barroom Floor

(1914)

14 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Cecile Arnold and Fritz Schade

Film / Silent / Comedy

The painter courts Madeleine but loses to the wealthy client who sits for his portrait. The despairing artist draws the girl's portrait on the bar room floor and gets tossed out. Years later he sees her, her husband and their horde of children. Unrecognized by her, Charlie shakes off his troubles and walks off into the future.


Recreation

(1914)

17 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Charles Bennett and Helen Carruthers

Film / Comedy / Silent

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.


The Masquerader

(1914)

16 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Chester Conklin

Film / Comedy / Silent

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.


His New Profession

(1914)

Comedy / Silent

16 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Jess Dandy and Charley Chase

Charlie meets a couple and agrees to care for the man's crippled uncle. 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.


The Rounders

(1914)

16 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Phyllis Allen

Film / Comedy / Silent

Two drunks live in the same hotel. One beats his wife, the other is beaten by his. They go off and get drunk together. They try to sleep in a restaurant using tables as beds and are thrown out. They lie down in a row boat which fills with water, drowning them. Perhaps that is a better fate than going home to their wives.


The New Janitor

(1914)

16 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Jess Dandy and John T. Dillon

Film / Comedy / Silent

Charlie is janitor for a firm where the manager receives a threatening note about his gambling debts. Charlie throws a bucket of water out of the window which lands on his boss and costs him his job. The boss, attempting to steal the money he needs from the office safe, is caught by his secretary and Charlie comes to save her and the money.


Those Love Pangs

(aka The Rival Mashers)

(1914)

16 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Cecile Arnold and Chester Conklin

Film / Silent / Comedy

Charlie and a rival vie for the favors of their landlady. In the park they each fall different girls, though Charlie's has a male friend already. Charlie considers suicide, is talked out of it by a policeman, and later throws his girl's friend into the lake. Frightened, the girls go off to a movie. Charlie shows up there and flirts with them. Later both rivals substitute themselves for the girls and attack the unwitting Charlie. In an audience-wide fight, Charlie is tossed from the screen.


Dough and Dynamite

(1914)

16 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Fritz Schade and Chester Conklin

Film / Silent / Comedy

Charlie and another waiter must become bakers when the regular bakers go out on strike. The strikers put dynamite in a piece of bread which is delivered to the cake counter. It winds up in the oven and explodes.


Getting Acquainted

(aka A Fair Exchange)

(1914)

Comedy / Silent

16 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Phyllis Allen and Mack Swain

Charlie and his wife are walking in the park when they encounter Ambrose and his wife. The partners become fond of their counterparts and begin chasing each other around. A policeman looking for a professional Don Juan becomes involved, as does a Turk.


Musical Tramp

(aka His Musical Career)

(1914)

Comedy / Silent

Directed by Charlie Chaplin

Cast:

Charlie Chaplin as Charlie
Mack Swain as Mike
Charley Parrott as Piano store manager
Fritz Schade as Mr. Rich
Frank Hayes as Mr. Poor
Cecile Arnold as Mrs. Rich

Two bungling piano movers create havoc when trying to deliver one piano and repossess another.


Tillie's Punctured Romance

(1914)

74 minutes.

Directed by Mack Sennett

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Marie Dressler and Mabel Normand

Film / Comedy / Silent

Charlie talks wealthy farmer's daughter Tillie into eloping with him, and taking her father's money. In the city Tillie gets drunk and lands in jail while Charlie runs off with her money and his old girlfriend Mabel. Later Charlie reads that Tillie, now working as a waitress, has inherited the estate of her multi-millionaire uncle. Charlie dumps Mabel and talks Tillie into moving into her uncle's villa, and Mabel arranges to become a housemaid there. The uncle, never really dead, returns and summons the police to have them all thrown out. 


Work

(1915)

Comedy / Silent

41 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Charles Inslee

Charlie and his boss have difficulties just getting to the house they are going to wallpaper. The householder is angry because he can't get breakfast and his wife is screaming at the maid as they arrive. The kitchen gas stove explodes, and Charlie offers to fix it. The wife's secret lover arrives and is passed off as the workers' supervisor, but the husband doesn't buy this and fires shots. The stove explodes violently, destroying the house.

(1915)

Comedy / Silent / Sports

31 minutes

Directed by Charlie Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Bud Jamison and Edna Purviance

After Charlie wins a bout with a boxer at training camp (by having his lucky horseshoe in his glove), the trainer wants to sign Charlie up to box the champ!


A Night in the Show

(1915)

Comedy / Silent

30 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Charlotte Mineau

Mr. Pest tries several theater seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor. He is thrown out. In the lobby he pushes a fat lady into a fountain and returns to sit down by Edna. Mr. Rowdy, in the gallery, pours beer down on Mr. Pest and Edna. He attacks patrons, a harem dancer, the singers Dot and Dash, and a fire-eater.


Shanghaied

(1915)

20 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Wesley Ruggles

Film / Silent / Comedy

A shipowner intends to scuttle his ship on its last voyage to get the insurance money. Charlie, a tramp in love with the owner's daughter, is grabbed by the captain and promises to help him shanghai some seamen. The daughter stows away to follow Charlie. Charlie assists in the galley and attempts to serve food during a gale.


His Regeneration

(1915)

Silent / Western

Directed by Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

Cast:

Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson as The Regenerate
Lee Willard as The Burglar's Accomplice
Marguerite Clayton as The Girl
Charlie Chaplin as Customer - uncredited

In an uncredited performance, Charlie Chaplin appears as a customer in a store that is being robbed.


The Bank

(1915)

33 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Carl Stockdale

Film / Silent / Comedy

Charlie does everything but an efficient job as janitor. Edna buys her fiance, the cashier, a birthday present. Charlie thinks "To Charles with Love" is for him. He presents her a rose which she throws in the garbage. Depressed, Charlie dreams of a bank robbery and his heroic role in saving the manager and Edna.


His New Job

(1915)

32 minutes.

Film / Silent / Comedy

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Ben Turpin and Charlotte Mineau

Charlie is trying to get a job in a movie. After causing difficulty on the set he is told to help the carpenter. When one of the actors doesn't show, Charlie is given a chance to act but instead enters a dice game. When he does finally act he ruins the scene, wrecks the set and tears the skirt from the star.


By the Sea

(1915)

20 minutes

Comedy / Silent

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Billy Armstrong and Margie Reiger

It is windy at a bathing resort. After fighting with one of the two husbands, Charlie approaches Edna while the two husbands themselves fight over ice cream. Driven away by her husband, Charlie turns to the other wife.


One A.M.

(1916)

34 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin and Albert Austin

Film / Comedy / Silent

A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his home after arriving home late at night.


Easy Street

(1917)

Comedy / Silent

Directed by Charles Chaplin and Edward Brewer

Cast:

Charlie Chaplin as The Derelict
Edna Purviance as The Mission Worker
Eric Campbell as The Bully

Down and out, The Little Tramp is sleeping near a mission, and when he falls for the lady working there he is reformed.  He finds work as a police officer, and is assigned to duty on Easy Street where he runs afoul of the local bully.


The Adventurer

(1917)

31 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell

Film / Comedy / Silent

Charlie escapes from prison. After rescuing a girl and her mother from drowning, Charlie is invited to their home where a big party is held and he is treated like a hero. However, as a result Charlie's photo is printed in the newspapers and the prison guards come after him.


Behind the Screen

(1916)

15 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell

Film / Comedy / Silent

Charlie is an overworked laborer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.


The Pawn Shop

(1916)

32 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Henry Bergman

Film / Comedy / Silent

Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself.


The Rink

(1916)

32 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and James T. Kelley

Film / Comedy / Silent

After amusements working in a restaurant, Charlie uses his lunch break to go roller skating.


The Fireman

(1916)

32 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell

Film / Comedy / Silent

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 is upstairs in the house. When the house next door catches fire its owner rouses Charlie, who rouses the force.


A Burlesque on Carmen

(1916)

67 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Jack Henderson

Film / Silent / Comedy

Smugglers come ashore. Their leader sends the gypsy Carmen to lure Don Jose away so they can get the contraband to town. There are grand sword fights, deaths, and even resurrections.


The Floorwalker

(1916)

30 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell

Film / Comedy / Silent

After causing havoc on the sales floor Charlie goes to the office floor. There he runs into the store inspector, who looks exactly like him, who has just robbed the safe and knocked out the manager. Charlie thinks he is in front of a mirror till he notices he holds a stock and his "image" has the bag of loot.


The Count

(1916)

34 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, and Eric Campbell

Film / Comedy / Silent

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.


The Cure

(1917)

31 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell

Film / Comedy / Silent

An alcoholic checks into a health spa and his antics promptly through the establishment into chaos.


The Immigrant

(1917)

20 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell

Film / Comedy / Silent

Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America .


Shoulder Arms

(1918)

46 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Syd Chaplin

Film / Silent / Comedy

Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.


Triple Trouble

(1918)

Comedy / Silent

Directed by Charlie Chaplin and Leo White *

Cast:

Charlie Chaplin as the Janitor
Edna Purviance as the Maid
Leo White as the Count
Billy Armstrong as the Cook and Pickpocket
James T. Kelley as the Singing Drunk
Bud Jamison as the Tramp
Wesley Ruggles as the Crook
Albert Austin as a Man

*This film has many Charlie Chaplin acted and directed scenes but is actually a compilation of outtakes and new footage, directed by Leo White for Essanay Films.

Charlie is working a a janitor for a munitions manufacturer whose invention is wanted by the Count . Scenes include Charlie causing trouble for the Count , the Cook , the Maid, and others, and a night of sleeplessness at the flophouse because of a Singing Drunk.


Sunnyside

(1919)

Comedy / Silent

41 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Tom Wilson

Charlie works on a farm from early morning to late at night. He gets his food on the run . 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.


The Idle Class

(1921)

32 minutes.

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Mack Swain

Film / Silent / Comedy

A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband.


Pay Day

(1922)

Comedy / Silent

28 minutes

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Phyllis Allen and Mack Swain

Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. As he leaves work his wife takes the pay he has hidden in his hat. But he steals her purse so he can go out for the evening. He has a terrible time getting home on a very rainy night. When he does so he finds his wife waiting for him with a rolling pin.




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