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
A Busy Day
A Busy Day is a 1914 short film starring Charlie Chaplin and Mack Swain. In A Busy Day, a wife becomes jealous of her husband's interest in another woman during a military parade. On her way to attack the couple, the wife interrupts the set of a film, knocking over a film director and a police officer; the husband pushes the wife off a pier and she falls into the harbor. According to the 1965 book The Films of Charlie Chaplin, A Busy Day is the first of three films in which Chaplin plays a woman; the other two were A Woman. Chaplin used the wardrobe of fellow Keystone player Alice Davenport, it was typical for Mack Sennett to shoot Keystone comedies using real events--such as a parade--as the background for comic mayhem. This short film was shot near San Pedro Harbor in less than two hours. In it, one can see interesting glimpses of First World War-era American naval ships in the background; the other part of the reel is an educational short titled The Morning Papers. A reviewer from Bioscope noted, " gives an amazing exhibition of acrobatic humor."
Charles Chaplin as Wife Mack Swain as Husband Phyllis Allen as The Other Woman Mack Sennett as Film director Billy Gilbert as Police officer Ted Edwards as Police officer A Busy Day on YouTube A Busy Day on IMDb A Busy Day at AllMovie A Busy Day is available for free download at the Internet Archive
His Musical Career
His Musical Career is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin. Charlie and his partner Mike work at a piano store, whose manager orders them to deliver a piano to Mr. Rich at 666 Prospect Street and repossess one from Mr. Poor at 999 Prospect Street. Hilarity ensues when they do the opposite after mixing up the addresses of their customers. A reviewer from Variety noted, " one of the best short comedies in a month. Funny piano-moving skit." Charlie Chaplin as Charlie the piano mover Mack Swain as Mike Charley Chase as Piano store manager Fritz Schade as Mr. Rich Cecile Arnold as Mrs. Rich Frank Hayes as Mr. Poor List of American films of 1914 His Musical Career on IMDb His Musical Career is available for free download at the Internet Archive His Musical Career on YouTube
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