Charlie’s First Appearance

Making a Living
R: Henry Lehrman. D: Charles Chaplin, Emma Bell Clifton, Chester Conklin. P: Mack Sennett / Keystone Film Company. USA 1914. Rel. 2. Februar 1914

“This typical Keystone slapstick comedy was Charlie Chaplin’s first appearance on film. An Englishman (Chaplin) cons a newspaper reporter (Henry Lehrman) out of some money. The Englishman flirts with a young woman who later turns out to be the reporter’s girlfriend, and the reporter and the Englishman fight. (…) Chaplin is barely recognizable in this film, sporting a monocle, a top hat, and a walrus moustache. While this costume had been used in his stage appearances, he quickly realized that it was not appropriate for a film comedian. He would devise his famous costume of the tramp in his next film Mabel’s Strange Predicament. Chaplin was unhappy when he saw the finished film because many of the gags that he had performed had been cut out by Lehrman, the director. However, this is typical of Mack Sennett’s Keystone comedies, where there is a lot of running around and fighting, and not a lot of funny gags.”
Bruce Calvert
ALLMOVIE

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