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Caught in a Cabaret (1914)

TV-G | | Short, Comedy | 27 April 1914 (USA)
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.

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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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High society and low comedy in OK early Chaplin effort
16 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like all of the very early Chaplin works on this VHS, the quality is rather poor and there are dropouts -- not from the tape, but from the film elements -- sometimes enough so that the action is hard to follow. Not that it matters a whole lot, as these are for the most part very simple films with lots of knockabout action, broad humor, and very little else.

"Caught in a Cabaret" finds Charlie as a waiter in a cheap cabaret who, on an unauthorized "break" tries to convince a wealthy society girl that he is the Ambassador from Greece (how or why he contrives this particular scam is uncertain). He doesn't fool all of her high-society friends however and it all ends in a big ruckus back at his workplace. A bit overlong, lacking in the timing that Chaplin would bring to his efforts in as little as a year, but pleasant enough in a rough, silly way.


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