Dough and Dynamite
Dough and Dynamite is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin. The story involves Chester Conklin working as waiters at a restaurant. Charlie is inept and his comic carelessness enrages the customers; the workers in the restaurant's bakery go on strike for more pay, but are fired by the unsympathetic proprietor. Charlie is put to work in the bakery where his lack of skills upsets his boss and co-worker Chester Conklin. Meanwhile, the vengeful strikers have arranged to smuggle a loaf of bread concealing a stick of dynamite into the bakery. During a free-for-all involving Charlie and their boss, the dynamite explodes. At the end of the film, Charlie emerges groggily from a pile of sticky dough. In Mack Sennett's 1954 autobiography, King of Comedy, he recalled he was absent from Keystone Studios for most of the filming of Dough and Dynamite. Before Sennett left, he put Chaplin and Conklin jointly in charge of creating a new comedy with no guidelines; the two comedians began creating a film in which each man was a roominghouse boarder competing against one another in trying to woo the landlady, but they abandoned the idea after a short time.
When they saw a "help wanted" sign outside a local bakery, the idea of a slapstick comedy set within a bakery came to both men simultaneously. Sennett claimed, that it was his idea to have a stick of dynamite concealed in a loaf of bread. Sennett declared Dynamite to be Chaplin's breakout film with Keystone; the New York Dramatic Mirror praised Chaplin's efforts in Dough and Dynamite, writing, "In a comparatively short time, Charles Chaplin has earned a reputation as a slapstick comedian second to none. His odd little tricks of manner and his refusal to do the most simple things in an ordinary way are essential features of his method, which thus far has defied successful imitation."Moving Picture World commented, "Two reels of pure nonsense, some of, laughable indeed. Chas. Chaplin appears as a waiter in a French bakery, he has a terrible time getting the dough over the floor. The bakers go on strike and at the last the whole place is blown up by dynamite; this is well-pictured and successful for this form of humor."
Charles Chaplin - Pierre Chester Conklin - Jacques Fritz Schade - Monsieur La Vie, Bakery Owner Norma Nichols - Mme. La Vie, the Baker's Wife Glen Cavender - Head baker Cecile Arnold - Waitress Vivian Edwards - Customer Phyllis Allen - Customer John Francis Dillon - Customer Edgar Kennedy - Striking baker Slim Summerville - Striking baker Charley Chase - Customer Wallace MacDonald - Customer Jess Dandy - Female Cook Ted Edwards - Striking Baker DoughandDynamite on Internet Archive Dough and Dynamite on IMDb Dough and Dynamite on YouTube
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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
1918 in film
The year 1918 in film involved some significant events. January 27 - Tarzan makes his film debut in Tarzan of the Apes. March 10 - Warner Bros. release their first produced picture, My Four Years in Germany. July - The animated The Sinking of the Lusitania is one of the first examples of animation being used for something other than comedy. Following litigation for anti-trust activities, the Motion Picture Patents Company disbands. Louis B. Mayer arrives in Los Angeles and forms Louis B. Mayer Pictures Corporation. 28 mm safety standard film, designed by Alexander Victor, becomes one of the earliest film formats to use "safety film" bases in order to safeguard the amateur market against nitrate fires. Buenos Aires tenebroso, directed by Juan Glize En un día de gloria, directed by Mario Gallo and Alberto Traversa La garra porteña, directed by Juan Glize Sin dejar rastros, directed by Quirino Cristiani Violeta o La reina del tango, directed by Juan Glize Alraune, die Henkerstochter, genannt die rote Hanne Carmen, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Pola Negri Das Tagebuch des Dr. Hart, directed by Paul Leni I Don't Want to Be a Man, directed by Ernst Lubitsch A 99-es számú bérkocsi, directed by Mihály Kertész, starring: |Cläre Lotto and Béla Lugosi Alraune, directed by Mihály Kertész, starring: Géza Erdélyi and Gyula Gál Casanova, directed by Alfréd Deésy, starring: Béla Lugosi and Alfréd Deésy Faun, directed by Alexander Korda, starring: Gábor Rajnay and Artúr Somlay Mary Ann, directed by Alexander Korda, starring: Ica von Lenkeffy and Tivadar Uray Álarcosbál ||Alfréd Deésy, starring: Béla Lugosi A víg Özvegy, directed by Mihály Kertész Az ördög, directed by Mihály Kertész Karoly bakak, directed by Zoltan Korda Az Élet királya, directed by Alfréd Deésy, starring: Béla Lugosi and Norbert Dán Küzdelem a létért, directed by Alfréd Deésy, starring: Béla Lugosi Lili, directed by Cornelius Hintner, starring: Béla Lugosi Lulu, directed by Mihály Kertész, starring: Béla Lugosi A Napraforgós hölgy, directed by Mihály Kertész, starring: Lucy Doraine, Cläre Lotto and Iván Petrovich A Víg özvegy, directed by Mihály Kertész, starring: Mihály Várkonyi, Berta Valero, Endre Boross Árpád id.
Latabár, Miklós Szomory and József Bánhidy Fabiola directed by Enrico Guazzoni The Tenth Symphony, directed by Abel Gance, starring Séverin-Mars and Jean Toulout Tih Minh, directed by Louis Feuillade, starring René Cresté Vendemiaire, directed by Louis Feuillade Victory and Peace, directed by Herbert Brenon The Outlaw and His Wife, directed by & starring Victor Sjöström Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley, directed by Marshall Neilan, starring Mary Pickford Among the Cannibal Isles of the South Pacific Are Crooks Dishonest?, a Harold Lloyd short Arizona, starring Douglas Fairbanks The Bell Boy, a'Fatty' Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short'Blue Blazes' Rawden, starring William S. Hart The Blue Bird, directed by Maurice Tourneur Bound in Morocco, directed by Allan Dwan, starring Douglas Fairbanks The Burden of Proof, directed by Julius Steger. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish The House of Mirth, directed by Albert Capellani, starring Katherine Corri Harris Huck and Tom The Lamb, a Harold Lloyd short.
Men Who Have Made Love to Me, starring Mary MacLane Mickey, directed by F. Richard Jones, starring Mabel Normand M'Liss, directed by Marshall Neilan, starring Mary Pickford and Thomas Meighan Moonshine, a'Fatty' Arbuckle/Buster Keaton short My Four Years in Germany, the first film produced by the four Warner Brothers On the Quiet, directed by Chester Withey, starring Jack Barrymore Out of the Inkwell, an animated film directed by Max Fleischer Out West, a'Fatty' Arbuckle/Buster Keaton short The Romance of Tarzan, starring Elmo Lincoln Salomé, directed by J. Gordon Edwards, starring Theda Bara The Sinking of the Lusitania, a short animated propaganda film by Winsor McCay. Stella Maris, directed by Marshall Neilan, starring Mary Pickford Tarzan of the Apes, directed by Scott Sidney, starring Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey Uncle Tom's Cabin Under the Yoke, directed by J. Gordon Edwards, starring Theda Bara Under the Greenwood Tree directed by Emile Chautard starring Elsie Ferguson The Whispering Chorus, starring Raymond Hatton and Kathlyn Williams Why Pick on Me?, starring Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels Father Sergius, directed by Yakov Protazanov, starring Ivan Mozzukhin Only the films of the series released in 1918 are collected Films starring Roscoe Arbuckle, featuring Buster Keaton released in 1918: January 20: Out West as Sheriff / Saloon owner.
March 18: The Bell Boy as Bellboy. 11 August: Triple Trouble. Chaplin includes this production in the filmography of his autobiography. May 1918: Chase Me Charlie. Released in England. Charlie Chaplin wrote, produced and starred in 9 films for his own production company between 1918 and 1923; these films were distributed by First National. Below the movies released in 1918: 14 April: A Dog's Life 29 September: The Bond 20 October: Shoulder ArmsUncompleted and unreleased filmsHow to Make Movies: Never assembled, although parts were used in The Chaplin Revue Reconstructed in 1981 by Kevin Brownlow and D
The Star Boarder (1914 film)
The Star Boarder is a 1914 American short comedy film starring Charlie Chaplin. The film is known as The Landlady's Pet, its 1918 American reissue title. Charlie, a resident in a boarding house, is the favorite of his landlord's wife, his fellow male boarders dislike Charlie because of it. They arrange to frighten him with a dummy. Charlie is frightened a runs to the police. Meanwhile, a tramp has hidden himself in a cupboard; the police find him. The mischievous young son of the landlord, has taken a series of compromising photographs and displays them to everyone in a magic lantern show. Two scandals are revealed: One photo shows Charlie kissing the proprietor's wife. Another shows the proprietor flirting with another woman; the young son was played by Gordon Griffith. Four years Griffith would play the young title character in the first movie adaptation of Tarzan of the Apes. Motion Picture News said of The Star Boarder, " a funny comedy; the landlady is too familiar with the star boarder to suit her husband.
He gets however, by going out with another woman." Charles Chaplin as The Star Boarder Minta Durfee as Landlady Edgar Kennedy as Landlady's husband Gordon Griffith as Their son Alice Davenport as Landlady's friend Phyllis Allen Jess Dandy Billy Gilbert Wallace MacDonald Harry McCoy Rube Miller Lee Morris William Nigh Al St. John Like many American films of the time, The Star Boarder was subject to restrictions and cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required, when the film was submitted for review for its 1918 reissue as The Landlady's Pet, cuts of Chaplin thumbing his nose and the scene of Chaplin inflating his trousers and looking into them. List of American films of 1914 Charlie Chaplin filmography The short film The Star Boarder is available for free download at the Internet Archive The Star Boarder on IMDb The Star Boarder on YouTube
Albert Austin was an English actor, film star and script writer, noted for his work in Charlie Chaplin films. He was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire and was a music hall performer before going to the U. S. with Chaplin, both as members of the Fred Karno troupe in 1910. Noted for his painted handlebar moustache and acerbic manner, he worked for Chaplin's stock company and played supporting roles in many of his films as a foil to the star and working as his assistant director. After the development of sound films, he moved into scriptwriting and acting, chiefly in comedy short subjects. Among other things, he assisted Chaplin in developing the plot of The Adventurer. However, he only received screen credit as a collaborator once, for City Lights; as an actor, he appeared in Chaplin's comedies for the Mutual Film Corporation. He had two brief, uncredited roles in one of Chaplin's'silent' comedies made in the sound era, City Lights. Austin is seen briefly at the beginning of Chaplin's short film One A.
M.. He appeared in films starring Jackie Coogan and Mack Sennett. Austin's best known performance may be in Chaplin's short The Pawnshop. Austin enters the shop with an alarm clock, hoping to pawn it. To establish the clock's value, Chaplin dissects it. Austin maintains a deadpan expression as Chaplin progressively destroys his clock hands the pieces back to Austin, he had the leading role in Mary Pickford's Suds, where he co-stars as a customer leaving his shirt at her laundry. In that film he appears without his comic moustache. In his final years he worked as a police officer at the Warner Brothers studios, according to a The New York Times obituary, he died on August 17, 1953, was interred at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. The New York Times obituary, August 19, 1953 Charlie Chaplin's Collaborators, British Film Institute, accessed Nov. 10, 2008 Works by or about Albert Austin at Internet Archive Albert Austin on IMDb