Charlie and a rival vie for the favors of their landlady. In the park they each fall for different girls, though Charlie's has a male friend already. Charlie considers suicide, is talked ... See full summary »
Charlie and a rival vie for the favors of their landlady. In the park they each fall for different girls, though Charlie's has a male friend already. Charlie considers suicide, is talked out of it by a policeman, and later throws his girl's friend into the lake. Frightened, the girls go off to a movie. Charlie shows up there and flirts with them. Later both rivals substitute themselves for the girls and attack the unwitting Charlie. In an audience-wide fight, Charlie is tossed through the screen. Written by
Ed Stephan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is pretty poor material, in keeping with most of Chaplin's work during his Keystone days. His rival here is Chester Conklin, a walrus-moustached comic who has a lot more luck with the ladies than Charlie's tramp which means that Chaplin must resort to underhanded tactics in order to get his own back.
This is Chaplin's tramp when he was still the unfinished article - in fact, he had hardly begun to be moulded into a character by Chaplin - and he's an unlikeable, mean-spirited boor. It's quite obvious that everybody is making it up as they go along, which means that many scenes go on too long and conclude without a punchline. Unless you're a major fan of Chaplin I wouldn't bother seeking this one out.
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