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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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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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

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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 »

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Interesting behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking
13 June 2004 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

Shot very early in Chaplin's film career, A Film Johnny (I have no idea what the title means) is a short, but fascinating look at how movies were made in the earliest days of Hollywood.

Unfortunately, the DVD version I saw was a 1930s reissue edit that, for some reason, omits the prologue in which Chaplin decides to visit a movie studio after falling for a girl on the screen. But what remains is a fast-paced, sometimes confusing montage of scenes in which the Little Tramp (fast developing into the character the world would come to love) basically causes havoc at the real-life Keystone Studios.

Reportedly, Mack Sennett and Fatty Arbuckle and even Mabel Normand appear in the film. I think I spotted Sennett, but I have no idea what role Arbuckle played, while Normand was nowhere to be seen (though she might be the girl seen laughing at Charlie at the end). But as I saw a shortened version, it's possible their scenes were simply cut out.

What does survive is a very funny (and innovative) gag in which Chaplin lights a cigarette by firing a gun loaded with blanks at it. That, plus a fleeting glimpse of the Keystone Studios mere weeks after Chaplin began his movie career, makes this worthwhile. Chaplin's later film, Behind the Screen, another movie lot comedy, is a much better film, however.


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