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Behind the Screen -- 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.


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13 November 1916 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Eric Campbell ... Goliath - a Stagehand

Charles Chaplin ... David - His Assistant

Edna Purviance ... The Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Austin ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Lloyd Bacon ... Director of Comedies (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Directory of History Film (uncredited)
Leota Bryan ... Actress (uncredited)
Frank J. Coleman ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
James T. Kelley ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Charlotte Mineau ... Actress (uncredited)
John Rand ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Wesley Ruggles ... Actor (uncredited)
Leo White ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Tom Wood ... Actor (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vincent Bryan  uncredited
Charles Chaplin  writer (uncredited)
Maverick Terrell  uncredited

Produced by
Henry P. Caulfield .... producer (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michael Mortilla (1989) (as Michael D. Mortilla)
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Art Department
George Cleethorpe .... property master (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George C. 'Duke' Zalibra .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Mortilla .... music performer (1989) (as Michael D. Mortilla)
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Other crew
David Shepard .... presents (1984)
Ed Brewer .... technical director (uncredited)
Tom Harrington .... assistant: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"The Pride of Hollywood" - USA (alternative title)
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23 min (20.7 fps) | Argentina:30 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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This is one of the few films in which Charles Chaplin's character (David) gets a name other than "Charlie" or a description like "The Tramp". Only in his last sound films does he portray people with a full name.See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not one of the best Mutual shorts, 18 November 2004
Author: hausrathman

Charlie has various misadventures while working in the property department of a movie studio. For some reason, this film turned out to be the last of Chaplin's twelve Mutual shorts that I saw. I really looked forward to seeing it, thinking that Charlie would make the most of the studio location.

Sadly, if only because of my sense of anticipation, I was a bit disappointed. I didn't find it as funny as the bulk of the other Mutual shorts. Despite a location rich in potential, I found the funniest moments in this film to be some of the smallest – like Charlie trying to steal bites from Albert Austin's lunch. Still, the film retains interest as a behind the screen view of motion picture production circa 1916. (A superior and more concise view of the world of producing silent films can be found in 'Singing in the Rain' as Gene Kelly walks through a silent studio with the head of the studio.) To me, the most interesting thing about this film is Chaplin's hostile attitude toward the striking union workers. If he had made this film later in his career, the radical unionists might have been the good guys!

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