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One A.M. (1916)

 -  Comedy | Family | Short  -  7 August 1916 (USA)
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A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his home after arriving home late at night.


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After a night on the town, Charlie comes home to the house where he is staying, drunk and unable to find his key. For the next twenty minutes he staggers into, out of, and through the house in an inebriated confrontation with the house itself. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Comedy | Family | Short


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7 August 1916 (USA)  »

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Solo  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first film that Charles Chaplin starred in alone, except for a brief scene of Albert Austin playing a cab driver. See more »


Despite the title, it is clearly daytime when Chaplin arrives home in a cab. See more »


[first lines]
Drunk: [title card] They should build these handles nearer the door.
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Edited into The Chaplin Cavalcade (1941) See more »

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Charlie Chaplin's First Solo Film
2 November 2007 | by (Spring Hill, FL) – See all my reviews

Another amusing skit, this time with Charlie Chaplin flying solo as a drunk stumbling his way through his home in the wee hours of the morning as he tries to make his way to bed. While Chaplin is definitely one of my favorite silent era stars, this short didn't seem up to par with some of his other films. It almost seemed to drag for a couple minutes. It was amusing, no doubt. It just wasn't as fun as some of his other films, when he is given the chance to play off the supporting characters. We are treated to some good bits in this run (particularly his bout with the fold-out bed). His brand of physical situation comedy was enough to bring some laughs out of me, just less than he has before.

There isn't really a whole lot one can say about Chaplin's early films, seeing as how technologically they didn't have a whole lot to work with, and storyline isn't an issue when we're looking at twenty minutes of slapstick entertainment. So, the only real aspect to look at in his movies, specifically this one, is: is it funny? If you're looking for a couple good chuckles, this movie delivers but keep in mind this is not his strongest short. While that may be the case, it is still an entertaining 20 minute dose of Charlie and well worth checking out for any fan of the comedy legend.

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