MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,043 this week

Behind the Screen (1916)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,283 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 7 critic

Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.

Director:

(uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 27 Sep 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 19 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 43 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Behind the Screen (1916)

Behind the Screen (1916) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Behind the Screen.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Work (1915)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Charlie and his boss have difficulties just getting to the house they are going to wallpaper. The householder is angry because he can't get breakfast and his wife is screaming at the maid ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Marta Golden
Shoulder Arms (1918)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Edna Purviance, Charles Chaplin, Syd Chaplin
Laughing Gas (1914)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

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. He is sent to the drug store, ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Fritz Schade, Alice Howell
The Rounders (1914)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two drunks live in the same hotel. One beats his wife, the other is beaten by his. They go off and get drunk together. They try to sleep in a restaurant using tables as beds and are thrown ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Phyllis Allen
By the Sea (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

It is windy at a bathing resort. After fighting with one of the two husbands, Charlie approaches Edna while the two husbands themselves fight over ice cream. Driven away by her husband, Charlie turns to the other's wife.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Ed Armstrong
The Count (1916)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Charlie burns a count's trousers while ironing them and is fired. The tailor finds an invitation to dinner at Miss Moneybags and goes in place of the count. Charlie goes to the kitchen of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Fireman (1916)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
Easy Street (1917)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Vagabond (1916)
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After passing the hat and taking the donations intended for German street musicians Charlie heads for the country. Here he finds and rescues a girl from a band of gypsies. The girl falls in... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Cure (1917)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An alcoholic checks into a health spa and his antics promptly throw the establishment into chaos.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Edna's father wants her to marry wealthy Count He-Ha. Charlie, Edna's true love, impersonates the Count at dinner, but the real Count shows up and Charlie is thrown out. Later on Charlie ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Lloyd Bacon, Fred Goodwins
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Charlie meets a couple and agrees to care for the man's crippled uncle. After the couple breaks up the man's new girl drops some eggs which Charlie slips on while trying to control the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Charley Chase, Peggy Page
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Campbell ...
Goliath - a Stagehand
...
David - His Assistant
...
The Girl
Edit

Storyline

Three movies are being shot simultaneously and Charlie is an overworked scene shifter. The foreman is waited on hand and foot until all the shifters but Charlie go on strike. A girl looking for work pretends to be a man and helps Charlie. Charlie discovers her gender and falls in love with her. The foreman thinks they are homosexual and in the ensuing fight they become involved in a long pie throwing scene from one of the movies in production. The frustrated workers dynamite the studio. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 November 1916 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pride of Hollywood  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was restored in 2013 through the Chaplin Mutual Project thanks to the financial support of French director Michel Hazanavicius. See more »

Connections

Featured in Den gamle biograf: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent Short - Plenty of Good Slapstick, & Much More
20 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Behind the Screen" is an excellent Charlie Chaplin short feature, with plenty of good slapstick and much more. The setting, with Charlie working as a hired hand in a movie-making operation, lends itself to a lot of good comedy, and there are plenty of standard gags plus a lot of material that creatively uses the props and situations of the setting. It also works very well as a self-satire of the industry (as suggested by the title), making some subtle and other not so subtle points. Finally, there is some nice interplay between Charlie's character and his superiors, especially his burly, brutish immediate supervisor, played by Eric Campbell, an amusing actor who was one of Chaplin's best supporting players.

Most of these earlier Chaplin films (referring to 1914-1916, the years when he made the majority of his short features, making ten or more each year) do not get very high ratings. It's true that some of them are mostly routine slapstick, but there are also a few gems like this one that combine slapstick with substance. Most of the movies from these years can be rather hard to watch, because the film often survives in poor condition, and so it's understandable that even the best ones might not always stand out as clearly from the rest. But this one is a fine film, and definitely recommended for Chaplin fans.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Behind the Screen (1916) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?