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Charlie Chaplin in THE CURE (1917) - A shot of strong comedy

Okay, let’s get The Cure’s main plot defect out of the way. Charlie is an alcoholic who enters a health spa to get better. But he has brought an entire trunk of liquor to the spa with him. 204 more words

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Charlie Chaplin in A DOG'S LIFE (1918) - Charlie and Scraps

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

In his autobiography, Chaplin claimed that in A Dog’s Life, he brought in the character of the dog Scraps (known as “Mut” on the set) so that his story could contrast the life of a tramp with the life of a mutt. 371 more words

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Charlie Chaplin in THE TRAMP (1915) - History-making, sort of

The Tramp is enjoyable as a first “official” look at what became Chaplin’s iconic character, but don’t read too much into it. As Chaplin scholars have pointed out, it was just another “role” for Chaplin to play, as he had played and would play a bakery worker, bank clerk, etc., before and after this movie. 370 more words

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A JITNEY ELOPEMENT (1915) - Charlie Chaplin's April Fool's joke on his fans

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

With only his fifth Essanay film, Chaplin seemed to have run out of inspiration in A Jitney Elopement. It’s a mess on all counts. 342 more words

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Burlesque on Carmen (1915)

I’m going a bit backward, reviewing this one now, since it was actually the last movie Charlie Chaplin made in 1915, but since I just did the… 418 more words

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Charlie Chaplin in IN THE PARK (1915) - Park and recreation

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

Chaplin once famously said, “All I need to make a comedy are a park bench, a cop, and a pretty girl.” Perversely, in In the Park, to that formula Chaplin adds the pretty girl’s boyfriend (Bud Jamison, beau to Edna Purviance), a pickpocket (Billy Armstrong), and a passionate couple (Leo White and Leona Anderson). 161 more words

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Charlie Chaplin in THE CHAMPION (1915) - Lord of the comedy ring

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

Charlie is walking his bulldog after their meager lunch, when he sees a sign asking for sparring partners for a local boxer. 278 more words

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