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Janitor
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Luke Connor - Gambler
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Charlie is janitor for a firm the manager of which receives a threatening note about his gambling debts. He throws a bucket of water out the window which lands on his boss and costs him his job. The boss, attempting to steal the money heeds from the office safe, is caught by his secretary and Charlie comes to save her and the money. He is briefly accused of being the thief but ultimately triumphs. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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24 September 1914 (USA)  »

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Chaplin posluhou  »

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During the making of this film, Chaplin discovered that he had a talent of injecting real emotional power into his work. That proved plain when an observing actress began weeping during shooting at the pathos of a scene where the fired janitor is pleading with his boss to get his job back. See more »

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Featured in Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp (1980) See more »

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Please do not eat peanuts and throw shucks upon the floor, it is both annoying and unclean…
21 April 2007 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

As Chaplin's earliest films continue to evolve you can see more and more of the sight gags that would become very common in his later films, such as kicking his cigarette when he throws it away, various kicking and falling routines, and one which would be used again in The Immigrant a few years later, holding a man up with a gun held between his legs from behind.

This film has a more complex plot that the majority of Chaplin's short comedies that came before it, although I might have to admit that at times I found it to be a little bit hard to follow, maybe because the comedy was not quite enough to pull along the rest of the story, which itself is not quite strong enough to stand on its own.

Charlie plays a janitor who, as is to be expected, gets himself fired in some hilarious way, and then later comes to the rescue when an employee with a gambling debt attacks a woman who catches him trying to steal from the safe to cover his debt. The story is not complex or even very interesting, but it's there, and it shows that Chaplin sees the lack of story in his films so far as is trying to improve that.


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