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His Prehistoric Past (1914)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  7 December 1914 (USA)
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Charlie dreams he is in the stone age. There King Low-Brow rules a harem of wives. Charlie, in skins and a bowler, falls in love with the king's favorite wife, Sum-Babee. During a hunting ... See full summary »

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Mack Swain ...
King Lowbrow
May Wallace ...
The Queen
Gene Marsh ...
Sum-Babee, Lowbrow's Favorite Water Maiden
Fritz Schade ...
Ku-Ku aka Cleo, Medicine Man
Cecile Arnold ...
Cavewoman
Al St. John ...
Caveman
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Charlie dreams he is in the stone age. There King Low-Brow rules a harem of wives. Charlie, in skins and a bowler, falls in love with the king's favorite wife, Sum-Babee. During a hunting trip the king is pushed over a cliff. Charlie proclaims himself king, but Ku-Ku discovers the real king alive. They return to find Charlie and Sum- Babee together. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Almost Anything Else That Chaplin Did Is Much Better Than This One
31 May 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

As many films as Charlie Chaplin made, some of them were bound to be below his usual standard. "His Prehistoric Past" is a short comedy that is not very funny, nor does it contain the touches of humanity that Chaplin's best films have.

The idea here is that Charlie joins a caveman tribe. The humor is supposed to come from the cavemen's clubs, the caveman king having a harem, and so forth, but none of it is very entertaining.

Anything that Chaplin did probably holds some interest to his fans, but almost any of his other films is much better than this one.


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