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Laughing Gas -- Charlie pretends to be a dentist though he is only his assistant. When a patient can't stop laughing from the anesthesia Charlie knocks him out with a club...


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Release Date:
9 July 1914 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... Dentist's Assistant
Fritz Schade ... Dr. Pain, the Dentist
Alice Howell ... Mrs. Pain - the Dentist's Wife

Slim Summerville ... Pedestrian / Patient
Josef Swickard ... Patient
Mack Swain ... Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Carruthers ... Pretty Patient (uncredited)
Fred Hibbard ... Bearded Patient (uncredited)
Gene Marsh ... Patient (uncredited)
May Wallace ... Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Produced by
Mack Sennett .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2011 new score)
Cinematography by
Frank D. Williams 
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Busy Little Dentist" - USA (alternative title)
"Laffing Gas" - USA (alternative title)
"Tuning His Ivories" - USA (alternative title)
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16 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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a few good laughs, a lot of inexplicable punching, 23 June 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I've seen quite a few Chaplin shorts from early in his career and I've noticed that his early stuff (done for Keystone Studios) is pretty dreadful stuff. Unlike his wonderful full-length films from the 20s and 30s, the films from 1914-1915 are incredibly poorly made--having no script but only vague instructions from the director. In most cases, the films had almost no plot and degenerated to people punching and kicking each other.

This short is quite a bit better than the norm. While at times the plot degenerates to a lot of punching and kicking for absolutely no reason at all, the film also has a few decent laughs as Charlie pretends to be a dentist. Nothing outstandingly funny, but compared to the generally boring stuff he did for the studio, it's a big improvement.

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