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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Entertaining enough, but doesn't stand out from the rest.
21 April 2007 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

In His New Profession, Chaplin again reverts into drunken slapstick, what I think is his weakest effect, although I am sure it was very popular back in 1914. A man in a park is clearly very annoyed at having to care for his uncle, who is confined to a wheelchair, so he asks the Tramp to "push him around for a bit," while he goes off chasing some girl. He does, but soon passes a bar and wants to go inside and get a drink. When the uncle won't give him a dime on account, he steals money from a sleeping homeless man's tin cup, then places his cardboard sign on the uncle and heads for the bar, where Fatty Arbuckle is almost completely unnoticed as the bartender.

There are several moderately effective gags, but it seems that the film is trying to present more story than it can carry. There is a lot going on in the story, but very little of it is clear, and as is so common in these early films, it soon resorts to a lot of pushing and kicking. You can't really expect a whole lot more than that from these early comedies, but as it is, there is not much to make this one stand out from the rest of Chaplin's early work.

Even Chaplin himself begins and ends the film with a yawn!!!


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