Charlie is a clumsy waiter in a cheap cabaret, suffering the strict orders from his boss. He'll meet a pretty girl in the park, pretending to be a fancy ambassador, despite the jealousy of her fiancée.
Given an hour off from his job as a cafe waiter, Charlie rescues Mabel from a thug, is given an invitation to her home, and arrives presenting a card which falsely identifies him as the Greek Ambassador. Before he can get back to work, her parents invite him to a future garden party. Her jealous lover has Charlie followed back to the cafe. Charlie is a hit at the garden party but, as he leaves to return to work, the rival invites everyone to go with him to the cafe so Charlie will be exposed. Written by
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I recently had the pleasure of finding two DVDs of Charlie Chaplin shorts in one of those "Dollar Stores". And this film was just one of many gems in the set.
Written and directed by Mabel Normand, the film showcases her talent in both fields. But, of course, the spotlight shines on Chaplin. In the guise of his well known Little Tramp character Charlie plays a waiter who takes an hour off for lunch and ends up rescuing Mabel from a masher.
She invites him to lunch with her, and a comical case of mistaken identity leads to a slapstick free-for-all when Mabel and her high-class entourage wind up dining at the same Cabaret where Charlie works as a waiter.
A classic example of Keystone wackiness ! Watch for Roscoe Arbuckle's wife, Minta Durfee, in a supporting role as a wild socialite !
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