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April 1916 (USA) See more »
This is a padded-out, four-reel version of the two-reel short of the same title released in 1915, a spoof of the opera and film versions of Bizet's Carmen. Darn Hosiery, a Spanish officer, is led astray by the gypsy girl Carmen. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Chaplin ... Officer Darn Hosiery
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Sellers ... Narrator 1951 UK Sound Version
Lawrence A. Bowes ... Soldier (uncredited)
Frank J. Coleman ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Pastia - Tavern Keeper (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Soldier of the Guard (uncredited)

Edna Purviance ... Carmen - the Gypsy (uncredited)
John Rand ... Escamillo - a Toreador (uncredited)
Wesley Ruggles ... A Vagabond (uncredited)

Ben Turpin ... Remendados - The Smuggler (uncredited)
Leo White ... Corporal Morales (uncredited)
May White ... Frasquita (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Chaplin  uncredited
Prosper Mérimée  novel "Carmen" (uncredited)

Produced by
Jess Robbins .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Ensign (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Herman G. Weinberg (uncredited)
Production Design by
Albert Couder (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ernest Van Pelt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
E.T. Mazy .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Music Department
Hugo Riesenfeld .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Herman G. Weinberg .... subtitler (uncredited)
Leo White .... director: new footage (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen" - USA (complete title)
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USA:45 min (17 fps) (original version: 2 reels)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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.See more »
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Not Good, 4 November 2009
Author: JoeytheBrit from

It's surprising how many films Chaplin made out of his tramp character in his earlier years. Here, in a parody of the famous opera (hence the highly original title), Chaplin plays a soldier in charge of the guard detailed to prevent smuggling onto its country's shores. The ne'er-do-wells who want to bring in their goods employ Carmen, a voluptuous young lady who is rather free and easy with her favours, to entice Chaplin away so that they can go about their business as usual. This one's a bit of a mess, with only a few scattered laughs found amongst a fairly turgid attempt at lampooning high(ish) art. Definitely not one of Chaplin's best, but then he was churning out so many films during this period that I suppose he was bound to produce a turkey every now and then.

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