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26 December 1915 (USA) See more »
An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral's uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Submarine Pirate was a pretty entertaining Syd Chaplin comedy short See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Syd Chaplin ... A Waiter
Phyllis Allen ... A Militant Guest
Glen Cavender ... A Shrewd Inventor / Ship Captain
Wesley Ruggles ... Inventor's Accomplice / Sub Officer
Josh Binney ... Hotel Manager (as Harold J. Binney)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Albert ... Man in Lobby with Bowtie (uncredited)
Frank Alexander ... Man on Crutches (uncredited)
Cecile Arnold ... A Peach at the Hotel (uncredited)
Minnie Chaplin ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Ted Edwards ... Waiter (uncredited)

Louise Fazenda ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert ... Torpedo Loader (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Navigator / Torpedo Loader (uncredited)
Charles Lakin ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Grover Ligon ... Cook (uncredited)

Harold Lloyd ... Cook (uncredited)
Mort Peebles ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fritz Schade ... Chef (uncredited)
Josef Swickard ... Surplus Store Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Avery 
Syd Chaplin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mack Sennett 

Produced by
Mack Sennett .... producer
Production Management
Hampton Del Ruth .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grover G. Tigor .... assistant director
Other crew
Jack Wagner .... comedy construction

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24 min (TCM print)
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Submarine Pirate was a pretty entertaining Syd Chaplin comedy short, 22 June 2009
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Just watched on the "American Slapstick" DVD collection this Mack Sennett comedy short starring Charlie Chaplin's brother Syd. In this one, he plays a waiter who overhears two men planning to rob a ship. Syd then steals their plans and, wearing a pirate captain's uniform, decides to execute them himself. From there, we go aboard a submarine where "his" men are waiting...I thought the restaurant/kitchen scenes were quite hilarious to me while the ones at sea not so much and I wasn't thrilled at Syd's sudden change to a villain. Still, overall, I liked A Submarine Pirate and would heartily recommend it to anyone who loves silent movies.

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