Getting Acquainted, subsequently retitled A Fair Exchange, is a 1914 American comedy silent film written and directed by Charles Chaplin, starring Chaplin and Mabel Normand, produced by Mack Sennett for Keystone Studios. In one of Chaplin's "park comedies" for Keystone Studios and his domineering wife, Mrs. Sniffles, are walking in the greensward; when Mrs. Sniffles falls asleep on a park bench, Charlie takes the opportunity to walk away from her, he encounters pretty Mabel. At the moment, Mabel's husband, Ambrose, is occupied trying to help a stranger start his car. Charlie attempts to woo Mabel but is rebuffed and a park policeman comes to her aid. Meanwhile, Ambrose is attracted to her, he too is rebuffed. Ambrose and Charlie both run afoul of her fez-wearing escort. A park policeman pursues both Charlie and Ambrose for their unwanted attentions directed at strange women. Charlie is caught by the policeman who brings him back to Mrs. Sniffles, she saves him from arrest but begins to escort him home.
Released on December 5, 1914, Getting Acquainted was the next-to-last movie that Chaplin made for Keystone Studios. It marked the final time. A reviewer from Motion Picture World wrote, "Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin and the others are undeniably comical in this lively farce." A reviewer from The Cinema declared, "Yet another fine Charles Chaplin number including the celebrated Mabel Normand." Charles Chaplin - Mr. Sniffels Mabel Normand - Ambrose's wife Phyllis Allen - Mrs. Sniffels Mack Swain - Ambrose Harry McCoy - Flirt in park Edgar Kennedy - Policeman Cecile Arnold - Mary List of American films of 1914 Getting Acquainted on IMDb Getting Acquainted is available for free download at the Internet Archive
By the Sea (1915 film)
By the Sea is a 1915 American comedy film Charlie Chaplin made while waiting for a studio to work in Los Angeles. He had just left Niles Essanay Studio after doing five films at that location. By the Sea was filmed all on location at Crystal Pier in April 1915; the story centers on Charlie's Little Tramp character and how he gets into trouble trying to grab the attention of the ladies on the beach. Edna Purviance plays one of the wives, it is said to be the first film to incorporate the classic gag of a man slipping on a banana skin. Charlie is eating a banana while wandering along the seashore on the Crystal Pier, he nonchalantly throws the banana peel away and slips on it. Shortly thereafter Charlie encounters a drunk; the two men argue over their hats. They become weary of battling, they agree to have ice cream cones together. However, an argument ensues over, their battle resumes. They smear the cones over each other -- and over a six-foot dandy. A second battle begins but Charlie starts flirting with the dandy's sweetheart.
At the end of the film Charlie is seated on a park bench surrounded by his enemies: the drunk who wants to continue their fight, the angry dandy, the drunk's wife, the dandy's wife. Charlie cleverly tips the bench backwards, toppling everyone and allowing him to make a hasty escape on foot; the movie was the first of Chaplin's Essanay films to be shot in southern California. At Chaplin's insistence, all his remaining Essanay films were made there in the rented Majestic Studios. Chaplin had found the facilities at the Essanay Studios in California to be unsatisfactory. A reviewer from the British film periodical Bioscope wrote, "More irresistible absurdities by the inimitable Charles, with the broad Pacific Ocean as a background. Chaplin's humor needs neither description nor recommendation." Charles Chaplin as Stroller Billy Armstrong as Man in straw hat Margie Reiger as Man in straw hat's wife Bud Jamison as Man in top hat Edna Purviance as Man in top hat's sweetheart Paddy McGuire as First cop Ernest Van Pelt as Second cop By the Sea on IMDb lobby poster
Police (1916 film)
Police is Charlie Chaplin's 14th film with Essanay Studios and was released in 1916. It was made at the Majestic Studio in Los Angeles. Charlie plays an ex-convict who finds life on the outside not to his liking and leads him to breaking into a home with another thief. Edna Purviance plays the girl living in the home. Charlie is released from prison and is swindled by a fake parson; the parson advises Charlie to go straight, but the phony man of the cloth pockets the money Charlie has been given upon being discharged. Broke, Charlie encounters a fellow ex-convict, he convinces Charlie to help him burglarize a house. When they have trouble breaking into the house they have chosen, Charlie opens the front door. Edna lives in the house, being robbed and has called the police. However, Edna is so taken with Charlie's manners that by the time the police arrive to investigate the crime, she lies to them, stating that Charlie is her husband; the police believe her. She gives Charlie a dollar and sends him on his way.
However, Charlie soon encounters another policeman. Another chase begins. Charles Chaplin as Charlie, Convict 999 Edna Purviance as Daughter of the House Wesley Ruggles as Jailbird and Thief James T. Kelley as Drunk with Pockets Picked/Second Flophouse Customer Leo White as Fruitseller/Flop House Manager/Policeman John Rand as Policeman Fred Goodwins as Honest Preacher/Policeman with Monocle Billy Armstrong as Crooked Preacher/Second Cop Snub Pollard as Cop Bud Jamison as Third Flophouse Customer Paddy McGuire as Fifth Flophouse Customer George Cleethorpe as Policeman at Station with Mustache Reviewer Oscar Cooper wrote in Motion Picture News, "Those who believe that Chaplin's abilities are limited to the mallet, the kick and the spinal curvature walk, should see this picture, they will be disillusioned. They will see a touch of heart interest just at the end of the subject, they will see that Charlie's stock pantomime includes pathos as well as fooling, but of course, the picture is clever horseplay, beginning with Charlie's exit from prison, ending with his flight from a policeman."
The short film Police is available for free download at the Internet Archive Police on IMDb
Jeffrey Vance is an American film historian and author who has published books on movie stars including Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. While working as an archivist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists he met Eleanor Keaton, Buster Keaton's widow, began organizing her collection of photographs, leading to the illustrated biography Buster Keaton Remembered, he served as archivist for the Chaplin family's Roy Export S. A. S; the Harold Lloyd Trust, the Mary Pickford Foundation where he helped preserve both film and photographs from these important collections. As a producer, he packaged the Harold Lloyd Classic Comedies for Turner Classic Movies released to home video; as a filmmaker, he produced and directed the short film Rediscovering John Gilbert which aired on cable television as well as released to home video. A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away Douglas Fairbanks Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema, Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian Buster Keaton Remembered Animal Crackers City Lights The Big Parade On Approval The Thief of Bagdad Grand Hotel The Gold Rush Sparrows Bardelys the Magnificent Midnight Mary A Modern Musketeer Picture Snatcher Night Nurse The Divorcee The Mysterious Lady Spite Marriage Jeffery Vance on IMDb Jeffrey Vance interview: Douglas Fairbanks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmfhDtyV6zU
The New Janitor
The New Janitor was the 27th comedy from Keystone Studios to feature Charlie Chaplin. The film is arguably one of his best for the studio, a precursor to a key Essanay Studios short, The Bank; the film demonstrates the differences that Chaplin had with Keystone comedy in that it is a coherent whole in which the stock characters fill some emotional center. Chaplin brings a certain complexity to his janitor, unusual to the comedy factory of Mack Sennett; the film, which stars among Sennett's bit players Jess Dandy, Al St. John, John T. Dillon, Helen Carruthers, is far more centered and clear in direction. Comedy flows from within the story rather than as a by-product of story. After all this is a typical bank robbery storyline; the hero, a janitor played by Chaplin, is fired from work for accidentally knocking his bucket of water out the window and onto his boss, the chief banker. Meanwhile, one of the junior managers is being threatened with exposure by his bookie for his unpaid gambling debts.
Thus the manager decides to steal from the company. He is caught in the act of raiding the vault by the bank secretary. Chaplin comes to the rescue only to be misjudged by the chief banker as the thief; the secretary fingers the manager and Charlie receives a just reward and a handshake for foiling the robbery. Moving Picture World commented, "... A ripping good comedy number with Chas. Champman playing the part of the janitor, he interpolates a lot of his inimitable funny business and the plot is better than usual." Motion Picture News got Chaplin's surname wrong in its review: "The comical Charles Chapman in a laughable farce that will arouse peals of laughter from any audience." Charles Chaplin – Janitor Jess Dandy – Bank president John T. Dillon – Villainous manager Al St. John – Elevator boy Helen Carruthers – Bank secretary The New Janitor on IMDb
One A.M. (1916 film)
One A. M. was a unique Charlie Chaplin silent film created for Mutual Film in 1916. It was the first film he starred in alone, except for a brief scene of Albert Austin playing a cab driver; the film opens with a scene of a wealthy young man arriving at his house in a taxi late at night after a night of heavy drinking. He struggles with the car door when exiting the car and in paying the taxi driver; when he gets to his front door, he thinks that he has forgotten the key and has to enter through the window. While climbing in through the window, he steps into a fishbowl that's placed underneath it and almost falls down when the carpet underneath him slides. After finding his balance again, he goes through his pockets and realises that the key has been there all the while, he enters through the front door. Inside the house, the furniture and other inanimate objects become insurmountable obstacles for the drunk, he struggles to balance on the sliding wonders whether he is wearing skates. Falling down, he lands between a tiger rug and a stuffed Eurasian lynx, which terrify him as he thinks they are real.
He goes over to the table and tries to pour himself a drink, but first he accidentally spins the table top around and does not manage to pour the drinks inside a glass. He unsuccessfully attempts to light a cigarette, tries to head up the stairs to his bedroom, he fails several times in climbing them. He becomes creative with his attempts to climb the stairs, for example by using mountain climbing gear; when he reaches his bedroom, he struggles to open his Murphy bed and ends up wrecking it. He goes to bathroom, he accidentally turns it on. Soaked, he gets into the bathtub and falls asleep under a towel. A reviewer for the Louisville Herald wrote, "Charlie, by himself, creates all the action, necessary to produce the laughs for which he has become noted, there is no doubt that this is the most exacting role the comedian has essayed." Although the film's title suggests the action is supposed to occur at about one a.m. when Charlie arrives home in the taxi cab, it is quite bright outside. Edna Purviance's absence from the cast was a rarity.
Apart from Chaplin's first film after leaving Keystone Studios, His New Job, One A. M. was the only Chaplin film from 1915 to 1923 not to feature Purviance in some role. Charles Chaplin - Drunk Albert Austin - Taxi driver In 1932, Amedee Van Beuren of Van Beuren Studios, purchased Chaplin's Mutual comedies for $10,000 each, added music by Gene Rodemich and Winston Sharples and sound effects, re-released them through RKO Radio Pictures. Chaplin had no legal recourse to stop the RKO release. Charlie Chaplin filmography One A. M. on IMDb The short film One A. M. is available for free download at the Internet Archive Article at InDigest Magazine about the film being scored by Justin Vernon
A Night in the Show
A Night in the Show was Charlie Chaplin's 12th film for Essanay. It was made at Majestic Studio in Los Angeles the fall of 1915. Chaplin played two roles: one as one as Mr. Rowdy; the film was created from Chaplin's stage work from a play called Mumming Birds with the Karno Company from London. Chaplin performed this play during his U. S. decided to bring some of this play to his film work. Edna Purviance played a minor role as a lady in the audience. Mr. Pest tries several theatre seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor and the entire cast of an evening variety show. Charles Chaplin - Mr. Pest and Mr. Rowdy Edna Purviance - Lady in the Stalls with Beads Charlotte Mineau - Lady in the Stalls Dee Lampton - Fat Boy Leo White - Frenchman/Negro in Balcony Wesley Ruggles - Second Man in Balcony Front Row John Rand - Orchestra Conductor James T. Kelley - Trombone Player and Singer Paddy McGuire - Feather Duster/Clarinet Player May White - Fat Lady and Dancer Phyllis Allen - Lady in Audience Fred Goodwins - Gentleman in Audience Charles Inslee - Tuba Player A Night in the Show on YouTube A Night in the Show on IMDb A Night in the Show is available for free download at the Internet Archive