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His New Profession (1914)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  31 August 1914 (USA)
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Charlie meets a couple and agrees to care for the man's crippled uncle. After the couple breaks up the man's new girl drops some eggs which Charlie slips on while trying to control the ... See full summary »

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Charlie meets a couple and agrees to care for the man's crippled uncle. After the couple breaks up the man's new girl drops some eggs which Charlie slips on while trying to control the wheelchair. Charlie sets up the uncle near another wheelchair on a jetty, from which he lifts a beggar's cup and "invalid" sign. These he places with the uncle, and money begins to roll in. Charlie takes the money and buys himself a drink. Returning, he gets to know the abandoned young woman. After pushing the uncle and his chair into the drink and battling the beggar and two policemen (one of whom arrests the uncle), Charlie beats up his rival and gets the girl. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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an all right short film
25 May 2003 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

I didn't know that Charlie Chaplin made so many films in 1914. So I struggled a lot to find this short film The Good For Nothing, mainly because I did not know that it was actually known as His New Profession. To be honest I found this short comedy quite violent, with all the comic fighting at the pier and in the bar. But then I have not seen another Chaplin short before, so I might have been not expecting it.

The gags are amusing, but can be a bit repetitive, like Charlie's cane keeps hitting the Uncle's cast. Also, because of this, I found the first time when Charlie falling over into the food on the pavement quite amusing, but the second time a little less amusing. But some jokes can be not completed for that extra unexpected humour. An example of this is when the Uncle, in his wheelchair, gets pushed along the pier, and, like you would expect, to fall into the sea, while in fact he stops at the edge for that bit of unexpected humour, a bit of a surprise to me when the gag was repeated for the second time. Chaplin's direction really made the extremely simple plot seem like 16 minutes of traditional slapstick, repetitive gags, unexpected humour and more comic fights than you could shake a cane at! I was surprised that Minta Durfee, whose potrayal of the Woman was satisfactory, had an ongoing film career until her death in 1975! While Chaplin, whose portrayal of Charlie was very good and very important to the flow of the film, career went on until 1967, 10 years before his actual death! I do have pity though for Fritz Schade, whose protrayal of the Uncle really made the character come alive, didn't make another film after 1917, and died in 1926, and the young age of 46. It's a shame because he would have had a tremendous career in comedy films, with a role like that! Personally I would not recommend this short as an introduction Chaplin's unique work, just because of all that fighting might not a common convention of his work. Overall, it was an all right short film.


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