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A Film Johnnie (1914)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  2 March 1914 (USA)
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Charlie attempts to meet his favorite movie actress at the Keystone Studio, but does not win friends there.


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Complete credited cast:
Himself, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Peggy Pearce ...
Ford Sterling ...


Charlie goes to the movie and falls in love with a girl on the screen. He goes to Keystone Studios to find her. He disrupts the shooting of a film, and a fire breaks out. Charlie is blamed, gets squirted with a firehose, and is shoved by the female star. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Short | Comedy


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2 March 1914 (USA)  »

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Charlie the Actor  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although some sources credit Mack Sennett with playing himself, the film director, the role is actually played by Edgar Kennedy. See more »


Before Charlie Chaplin lights a cigarette with a prop pistol, the cigarette is already visibly lit - shown by the presence of smoke before Chaplin fires the pistol. See more »


Featured in Birth of Hollywood: Episode #1.2 (2011) See more »

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A Film Johnnie was another fascinating look at early Charlie Chaplin
12 June 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched on the Internet Archive site 8 minutes of what this site states was a 15 minute short made by Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios. It stars Charlie Chaplin in another of his early appearances in which he's at that studio, as a civilian in his Tramp costume, wreaking havoc. If I didn't read the synopsis here beforehand, I would have been partly confused as to what was going on but because of that, I laughed at the part where he came to the "rescue" of his lady crush when she was being "attacked" and when he used the gun to kill her "attacker". Also, was that the first time that gun was used to light a cigarette? Was marred a bit by blurry titles and, once again, missing beginning context. Still, I was quite fascinated by what I saw of A Film Johnnie. Update-6/14/11: I just watched the entire thing on YouTube with the original Keystone titles intact. It's now a bit funnier so I'm now upping the rating from 5 to 7.

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