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Mack Sennett Collection Volume One
The Keystone Film Company, under the guidance of pioneering producer and director Mack Sennett, was the birthplace of classic American slapstick comedy. This historic studio was at one time home to a staggering number of silent screen luminaries including Mabel…
50 videos
Chaplin's Essanay Comedies Part 1
In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay…
6 videos
Chaplin at Keystone, Part 1
Part of the Series: Chaplin at Keystone
Part 1 Includes: Making a Living Kid Auto Races At Venice, Cal. Mabel's Strange Predicament Between Showers A Film Johnnie Tango Tangeles His Favorite Pastime Cruel, Cruel Love The Star Boarder Mabel at the Wheel Twenty Minutes of Love Caught…
12 videos
The Immigrant
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The Immigrant, which contains elements of satire, irony, and romance as well as cinematic poetry, endures in the twenty-first century as a comic masterpiece. The film, Chaplin's eleventh in the Mutual series, is the best-constructed of his two-reelers and was…
The Floor Walker
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The Floorwalker, Chaplin's first film under his landmark contract with Lone Star-Mutual, has embezzlement as its subject. Chaplin's inspiration for the film came while he and his brother Sydney were in New York City negotiating his contract with Mutual. While…
Chaplin's Essanay Comedies Part 2
In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay…
6 videos
The Fireman
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
In Chaplin's second effort for Mutual, he portrays an inept firefighter at Fire Station 23. Charlie, still asleep, mistakes a drill bell for a fire alarm and single-handedly drives out the horse-drawn fire engine. When he discovers his error, he…
Chaplin's Essanay Comedies Part 3
In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay…
5 videos
The Vagabond
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The Vagabond, Chaplin's third Mutual film, was an important step in Chaplin's career, in which he interweaves pathos as an integral part of the comedy. He imposed an unlikely happy ending on The Vagabond, in which the gypsy drudge demands…
Easy Street
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
Easy Street, his ninth film for Mutual and the most famous of the twelve, Chaplin ordered the first of the T-shaped street sets to be built that he would consistently utilize to provide a perfect backdrop to his comedy. The…
The Adventurer
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The most popular of the Mutuals, The Adventurer begins and ends with a chase. It is the fastest-paced film of the series, and although it has more slapstick than Easy Street and The Immigrant, it is redeemed by its construction,…
The Rink
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
Chaplin's eighth film for Mutual, The Rink, is one of his most popular comedies. Charlie is an inept waiter who prepares the bill of Mr. Stout (Eric Campbell) by examining the soup, spaghetti, melon stains and other remnants on the…
One A.M.
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
One A.M., Chaplin's fourth Mutual, is an impressive piece of virtuosity, a solo performance except for a brief appearance by Albert Austin as a taxi driver. The film is a tour de force of Chaplin's superb pantomime and comic creativity…
The Pawnshop
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
In the sixth Mutual film, Charlie is a pawnbroker's assistant in a pawnshop that evokes the London of Chaplin's childhood. The film is rich in comic transposition, a key element to Chaplin's genius. The apex of such work in the…
Mabel's Strange Predicament
This short farce is often only discussed as the vehicle for the onscreen debut of Chaplin's iconic Tramp (here more lecherous and inebriated than later incarnations). However, Normand, who also stars, captures the chaotic slapstick violence with expert clarity, staging…
The Cure
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The Cure, the tenth film in the series, is perhaps the funniest of the Mutuals. It was partly inspired in its setting by the Fred Karno sketch, The Hydro, which was set in a hydrotherapy clinic.
Chaplin at Keystone, Part 3
Part of the Series: Chaplin at Keystone
Part 3 Includes: The Masquerader His New Profession The Rounders The New Janitor Thoes Love Pangs Dough and Dynamite Gentlemen of Nerve His Musical Career His Trysting Places Clip #1: "The Masquerader" - Clip #2: "His New Profession" - Clip…
9 videos
Behind the Screen
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
A refinement of his earlier comedies set in a film studio, Behind the Screen, Chaplin's seventh film for Mutual, lampoons the unmotivated slapstick of the kind Chaplin disliked when he worked for Mack Sennett. Chaplin made the film as a…
The Count
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The fifth film in the Mutual series, The Count, further develops the situations of films in which Charlie impersonates a man of means in order to underscore the contrast between rich and poor--one of his favorite themes.
Chaplin at Keystone, Part 2
Part of the Series: Chaplin at Keystone
Part 2 Includes: Caught in the Rain A Busy Day The Fatal Mallet The Knockout Mabel's Busy Day Mabel's Married Life Laughing Gas The Property Man The Face on the Barroom Floor Recreation Clip #1: "Caught in the Rain" -…
10 videos