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A jealous wife is chasing her unfaithful husband during a parade, after he starts to flirt with a pretty woman.

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Charlie plays a woman, jealous over her husband's interest in another woman. She gets in the way of a cameraman, knocks over a director and a policeman, and gets thrown into a crowd of spectators at a military parade. She attacks her husband and his new flame. The husband throws her off the pier into the harbor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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7 May 1914 (USA)  »

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Busy as Can Be  »

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Charles Chaplin's first appearance on film dressed as a woman. He would later play women in two subsequent films, The Masquerader (1914) and A Woman (1915). See more »

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Featured in Chaplin's Goliath (1996) See more »

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Drag Queen Charlie
15 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No one would confuse Charlie in drag with a woman or would they? While the tramp is not here there is plenty of physical comedy in this split-reeler with Kids Auto Races. It has all of 6 minutes to go through the action.

One important thing is one of the early pairings of Charlie with Mack Swain. Mack would do several films with him in these formative years and very often Swain was a good support foil for Charlie. I had this film on 8MM film for many years from when I was young.

The history of Charlie doing this is more important than the quality of the film. This was one of those early pieces that started to get him an audience. This would be important later when he became a legend.


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