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A Burlesque on Carmen (1915) Poster

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Charles Chaplin released this two reel comedy in 1915, shortly before leaving Essanay. That studio then padded the film with two more reels of non-Chaplin material and re-released it as a four-reel film in 1916.
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Charles Chaplin's two-reel version of this film, his final release for the Essanay Company, premiered in December 1915. After Chaplin left the studio, Essanay expanded the film, adding new scenes with Ben Turpin and Wesley Ruggles as gypsies, reinserting outtakes Chaplin had discarded, and even splicing in multiple takes of scenes already included. Essanay's four-reel "feature" was released in April 1916. Chaplin was furious and filed a lawsuit against his former employers, but Essanay won the case in court. Prints of Essanay's version circulated for decades. In the 1990s an approximation of Chaplin's original version was at long last reconstructed by Kino Video.
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Most circulating prints of this 4-reel edition now stem from a 1928 reissue by a company called Quality Amusement Corp.
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This film received its New York City television premiere Wednesday 28 February 1945 on WABD (then broadcasting on Channel 4); it was once again telecast 8 December 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11).
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The film was restored in 2014 through the Chaplin Essanay Project.
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