The Property Man
The Property Man is a short 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin. Charlie is in charge of stage "props" and has trouble with actors' luggage and conflicts over who gets the star's dressing room. Small caricatures on the wall indicate both the stars and the head of what can only be Charlie Chaplin with the word "PROPS" below. Once the dressing-room issue is resolved the next issue is getting everyone on stage with the correct backdrop; the order of performance, all of, seen is: The "Goo-Goo Sisters", billed as comediennes. "Sorrow" a drama performed by a woman. During the performances we see the audience reaction throughout. Backstage Charlie and an old man fight disrupting the on-stage performances; the audience breaks into a fight, a hose brought out behind the scenes ends up squirting over them. A reviewer from Bioscope wrote, "There are so many uproariously absurd situations in this Chaplin comic, all consequent upon the ardent desire of our friend'Props' to run the whole of the affairs'behind' that the vaudeville entertainment becomes one long chapter of unrehearsed happenings, much to the delight of an audience of which comical Mack Sennett forms a distinguished member."
A negative review of The Property Man came from Moving Picture World regarding some of the slapstick action in the two reels. The reviewer opined, "There are few people who don't like these Keystones, they are vulgar and touch the homely strings of our own vulgarity. They are not the best pictures for parlor entertainment, true. There is some brutality in this picture and we can't help feeling that this is reprehensible. What human being can see an old man kicked in the face and count it fun?" Charles Chaplin - The Property Man Phyllis Allen - Lena Fat Alice Davenport - Actress Charles Bennett - George Ham, Lena's husband Mack Sennett - Man in audience Norma Nichols - Vaudeville artist Joe Bordeaux - Old actor Harry McCoy - Drunk in audience Lee Morris - Man in audience List of American films of 1914 The Property Man on IMDb The Property Man on YouTube The Property Man is available for free download at the Internet Archive
The Masquerader (1914 film)
The Masquerader is a 1914 film written and directed by Charles Chaplin during his time at The Keystone Company. This film has a running time of 13 minutes, it is the second written by Chaplin. The Masquerader is a comedy short. Charlie plays an actor, kicked off the studio; the next day a strange, beautiful woman appears to audition for the film. It's Charlie in drag. After doing a perfect impersonation of a female, Charlie has drawn the attention of the director who hires the new "actress' for his films; the director gives the beautiful woman the men's dressing room to change in. While there, Charlie returns to his tramp costume; when the director returns, looking for the woman, he realizes he has been tricked. Angry, the director chases Charlie through the studio until Charlie decides to jump into what he thinks is a prop well; the film ends with the director and other actors laughing at Charlie as he is trapped in the bottom of a real well. The plot involving a man dressing up as a woman was quite popular in silent movies.
A reviewer from Bioscope wrote, "Here we have Mr. Chaplin rehearsing for a cinematograph production, in which he gives a remarkable female impersonation; the makeup is no less successful than the characterization, it is further proof of Mr. Chaplin's undoubted versatility." Charles Chaplin - Film actor Roscoe'Fatty' Arbuckle - Film actor Chester Conklin - Film actor Charles Murray - Film director Fritz Schade - Actor/villain Minta Durfee - Leading lady Cecile Arnold - Actress Vivian Edwards - Actress Harry McCoy - Actor Charley Chase - Actor Jess Dandy - Actor Charlie Chaplin filmography Fatty Arbuckle filmography The Rounders The Masquerader on IMDb The Masquerader on YouTube The Masquerader is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Roland Herbert Totheroh was an American cinematographer most notable for being the regular cameraman on the films of Charlie Chaplin. He worked with Chaplin from 1915 until the 1940s in over 30 films, he was billed as Rollie Totheroh. He was born in San Francisco, California on November 29, 1890 to John Edgar Totheroh and Emma Gertrude Ashman, his brother was the writer Dan Totheroh He has as his son actor Jack Totheroh. He died on June 1967 in Los Angeles, California. Totheroh was portrayed in the film Chaplin by David Duchovny. Easy Street Shoulder Arms The Kid A Woman of Paris The Gold Rush The Circus City Lights Modern Times The Great Dictator Monsieur Verdoux with Curt Courant Song of My Heart Limelight "photographic consultant" only Roland Totheroh on IMDb
An excursion is a trip by a group of people made for leisure, education, or physical purposes. It is an adjunct to a longer journey or visit to a place, sometimes for other purposes. Public transportation companies issue reduced price excursion tickets to attract business of this type; these tickets are restricted to off-peak days or times for the destination concerned. Short excursions for education or for observations of natural phenomena are called field trips. One-day educational field studies are made by classes as extracurricular exercises, e.g. to visit a natural or geographical feature. The term is used for short military movements into foreign territory, without a formal announcement of war. Business trip Field trip Picnic Escorted tour
Henry Bergman was an American actor of stage and film, known for his long association with Charlie Chaplin. Born in San Francisco, Bergman acted in live theatre, appearing in Henrietta in 1888 at the Hollis Street Theatre in Boston and in the touring production of The Senator in 1892 and 1893, he made his Broadway debut in 1899 appearing with Anna Held in Papa's Wife, the musical hit of the year. He made his first film appearance with the L-KO Kompany in 1914 at the age of forty-six. In 1916, Bergman started working with Charlie Chaplin, beginning with The Floorwalker. For the rest of his career, Bergman remained a character actor for Chaplin and worked as a studio assistant, including Assistant Director, he played in many Chaplin shorts and features, including The Pawnshop, The Immigrant, A Dog's Life, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights. Bergman's last on-screen appearance was in Modern Times as a restaurant manager, his final offscreen contribution was for The Great Dictator in 1940. Chaplin helped Bergman finance a restaurant in Hollywood, named "Henry's", which became a popular spot for celebrities as a precursor to the Brown Derby restaurant.
Henry Bergman continued to be associated with the Chaplin Studios until his death from a heart attack in 1946. He is interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in California. Henry Bergman on IMDb Henry Bergman at the Internet Broadway Database Henry Bergman at AllMovie Henry Bergman at Find a Grave
Caught in a Cabaret
Caught in a Cabaret is a 1914 short comedy film written and directed by Mabel Normand and starring Normand and Charles Chaplin. Chaplin plays a waiter, he is invited to a garden party where he gets in trouble with the girl's jealous boyfriend. Mabel Normand mentored her young co-star. Mabel Normand - Mabel Charles Chaplin - Waiter Harry McCoy - Lover Chester Conklin - Waiter Edgar Kennedy - Cafe proprietor Minta Durfee - Dancer Phyllis Allen - Dancer Josef Swickard - Father Alice Davenport - Mother Gordon Griffith - Boy Alice Howell - Party Guest Hank Mann - Cabaret Patron Mack Swain - Big Tough Man Billy Gilbert - Cabaret Patron Wallace MacDonald - Party guest Moving Picture World's review said, "This is another two-reel comedy manufactured in Mack Sennett's comical factory out in Californy State, it caused so much laughter you couldn't hear what the actors was talkin'. Charles Chaplin was the leading fun maker." A reviewer for the New York Dramatic Mirror wrote, "Superlatives are dangerous epithets when dealing with pictures.
For that reason it is unwise to call this the funniest picture, produced, but it comes mighty close to it." Charlie Chaplin filmography List of American films of 1914 Caught in a Cabaret on IMDb Caught in a Cabaret on YouTube Caught in a Cabaret is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Mabel at the Wheel
Mabel at the Wheel is a 1914 American motion picture starring Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand, directed by Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett. Charlie offers Mabel a ride on his two-seater motorcycle, which she accepts in preference to his rival's racing car; as they go over a bump, she falls off into a puddle. The rival, who has followed in his car, picks up the now stranded Mabel, he lets her drive. Charlie at last notices she falls off the bike, he sees them together now standing beside the car. They leave the car for a short while and Charlie lets down the rear tyre, his rival is furious. They throw rocks at Charlie and he throws them back; the rival's friend gets caught up in the rock-throwing confusion. We cut to "The Auto Race"; the drivers usher him. Charlie stands puffing on a cigarette, he uses his pin to get through the crowd, where he gets slapped. Charlie whistles and two thugs appear and kidnap his rival just before the race starts, but Mabel decides to take the wheel in his place. As the race progresses, despite a late start, with a co-driver beside her, manages to gain a lead of three laps.
Charlie with his henchmen, tries to sabotage the race by using oil and bombs on the track. The oil temporarily spins Mabel's car, no.4, around and it goes backwards for a lap until the oil spins it around again to continue the right way. The car tips over on a bend but a group of men push the heavy Bentley V8 upright again. Meanwhile, the rival sees Mabel driving his car; the crowd stand. The rival and his friend go to congratulate her. Meanwhile, Charlie throws a bomb in the air and blows up both his two thugs. A reviewer from the New York Dramatic Mirror wrote of the film, "The bright particular star who carries the lead is Charles Chaplin. Long acquaintance with the speaking stage, a funny manner of appearing, have made him, in the three months' experience that he has had in motion pictures, second to none. Mabel Normand carries the female lead with her usual bright success; this is a Keystone comedy, having said which you proceed to qualify with all the adjectives standing for funny, grotesque, farcical or screaming that you can think of, leave with the fear that you have not done it justice.
Yes, there is no sense in it, as usual." Charles Chaplin - Villain Mabel Normand - Mabel Harry McCoy - Mabel's boyfriend Chester Conklin - Mabel's father Mack Sennett - Reporter Al St. John - Henchman Joe Bordeaux - Dubious character Mack Swain - Spectator William Hauber - Mabel's co-driver Dan Albert - Cheering Spectator Charles Avery - Spectator in Grandstand Charley Chase - Race Spectator Alice Davenport - Spectator in Grandstand Minta Durfee - Spectator in Grandstand Edgar Kennedy - Spectator in Grandstand Charles Lakin - Cheering Spectator Grover Ligon - Henchman Fred Mace - Dubious character Edward Nolan - Spectator Fred Wagner - Race Starter List of American films of 1914 Charlie Chaplin filmography Mabel at the Wheel on IMDb Mabel at the Wheel on YouTube Mabel at the Wheel is available for free download at the Internet Archive