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 Thief Catcher
A Thief Catcher is a one-reel 1914 American comedy film, produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone film company, directed by Ford Sterling, starring Sterling, Mack Swain, Edgar Kennedy, Charles Chaplin as a policeman. Chaplin had claimed in interviews that he had played a bit-role as a policeman while at Keystone Studios. Ford Sterling: Chief Charles Chaplin: Policeman William Hauber: Policeman George Jeske: Policeman Edgar Kennedy: Crook Rube Miller:Policeman Mack Swain: Crook The film was believed lost and Chaplin's appearance unknown until a vintage 16mm print was discovered by director / film historian Paul E. Gierucki in 2010 at a Michigan antique sale. List of American films of 1914 Charlie Chaplin filmography List of rediscovered films A Thief Catcher on IMDb
Billy Armstrong (actor)
William Armstrong was a British American actor. Armstrong was born on 14 January 1891 in England. Armstrong started his career in the music hall tradition and appeared in roles for Fred Karno from 1910 until 1914 in his native England, before heading to the US and working in films for Keystone Studios in comedy roles, where he was a regular player in the films of Chaplin amongst others. Armstrong died from tuberculosis on 1 March 1924 in California, his New Job The Champion In the Park The Tramp By the Sea Work A Woman The Bank Shanghaied Police Triple Trouble Skirts The Extra Girl Billy Armstrong on IMDb
Tango Tangles is a 1914 American film comedy short starring Charles Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle. The action takes place in a dance hall, with a drunken Chaplin, Ford Sterling, the huge and acrobatic Arbuckle fighting over a girl; the supporting cast features Chester Conklin and Minta Durfee. The picture was written and produced by Mack Sennett for Keystone Studios and distributed by Mutual Film Corporation. In Tango Tangles, Charlie Chaplin appears without makeup and his usual mustache, baggy pants, oversized shoes; the film was shot at a dance hall without any sort of formal script. Mack Sennett, in his 1954 autobiography King of Comedy, said of the impromptu nature of Tango Tangles, "We took Chaplin, Sterling and Conklin to a dance hall, turned them loose, pointed a camera at them, they made funny, and, it." Tango Tangles marked the last time that Ford Chaplin appeared in the same film. Sterling had decided to leave Keystone where he had gained most of his fame as the chief of the Keystone Cops.
The movie publication Bioscope wrote of Tango Tangles, "Jealousy in a dance room ends in a fight, engaged by the dancers and attendants." Another reviewer in The Cinema wrote, "The ballroom is soon converted into a battlefield which results in this Keystone being a real scream." Charles Chaplin - Tipsy Dancer Roscoe Arbuckle - Clarinettist Ford Sterling - Band leader Chester Conklin - Guest in Police Costume Minta Durfee - Guest Charles Avery... Guest in Straw Hat Glen Cavender... Drummer in band / Guest in Cone Hat Alice Davenport... Guest with Man in Overalls Billy Gilbert... Guest in cowboy hat William Hauber... Flutist Bert Hunn... Guest George Jeske... Cornet Player / Guest with Bow Tie Edgar Kennedy... Dance Hall Manager Sadie Lampe... Hat Check Girl Hank Mann... Guest in Overalls Harry McCoy... Piano Player Rube Miller... Guest Pushed Away Dave Morris... Dance Organizer Eva Nelson... Guest with Man in Cone Hat Frank Opperman... Clarinetist / Guest Peggy Pearce... Guest Al St. John... Guest in Convict Costume List of American films of 1914 Charlie Chaplin filmography Fatty Arbuckle filmography Tango Tangles on IMDb Tango Tangles on YouTube
Agnes Ayres was an American actress who rose to fame during the silent film era. She was known for her role as Lady Diana Mayo in The Sheik opposite Rudolph Valentino. Ayres was born in Illinois, to Solon and Emma Henkel, she had an older brother, Solon William Henkel, a decade her senior. She began her career in 1914 when she was noticed by an Essanay Studios staff director and cast as an extra in a crowd scene. After moving to Manhattan, New York City, with her mother to pursue a career in acting, Ayres was spotted by actress Alice Joyce. Joyce noticed the physical resemblance the two shared which led to Ayres being cast in Richard the Brazen, as Joyce's character's sister. Ayres' career began to gain momentum when Paramount Pictures founder Jesse Lasky began to take an interest in her. Lasky gave her a starring role in the Civil War drama Held by the Enemy, lobbied for parts for her in several Cecil B. DeMille productions, it was during this time that Ayres married, divorced, Captain Frank P. Schuker, an army officer whom she had wed during World War I.
She began a romance with Lasky. In 1921, Ayres shot to stardom when she was cast as Lady Diana Mayo, an English heiress opposite "Latin lover" Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik. Ayres reprised her role as Lady Diana in the 1926 sequel Son of the Sheik. Following the release of The Sheik, she went on to have major roles in many other films including The Affairs of Anatol starring Wallace Reid, Forbidden Fruit, Cecil B. DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments. By 1923, Ayres' career began to wane following the end of her relationship with Jesse Lasky, she married Mexican diplomat S. Manuel Reachi in 1924; the couple had a daughter before divorcing in 1927. In 1929, Ayres lost her fortune and real estate holdings in the Wall Street Crash of 1929; that same year, she appeared in her last major role in The Donovan Affair, starring Jack Holt. To earn money, she played the vaudeville circuit, she returned to acting in 1936. Unable to secure starring roles and somewhat overweight, Ayres appeared in uncredited bit parts and retired from acting for good in 1937.
After her retirement, Ayres became despondent and was committed to a sanatorium. She lost custody of her daughter to Reachi, in 1939, she died from a cerebral hemorrhage on Christmas Day, December 25, 1940, at her home in Hollywood, California, at the age of 42. She is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In 1960, Ayres was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion pictures star at 6504 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the film industry. Michael G. Ankerich. Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives and Misfortunes of 14 Hard-Luck Girls of the Silent Screen. BearManor. ISBN 1-59393-605-2. Agnes Ayres on IMDb Agnes Ayres at AllMovie Agnes Ayres at Find a Grave Photographs and literature at Virtual History