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The Rink (1916)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  4 December 1916 (USA)
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After causing restaurant chaos at work, a bumbling waiter tears up the local roller rink with his skating.


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Complete credited cast:
A Waiter - Posing as Sir Cecil Seltzer
The Girl
James T. Kelley ...
Her Father
Eric Campbell ...
Mr. Stout
Henry Bergman ...
Mrs. Stout
Albert Austin ...
Leota Bryan ...
Edna's Friend


After amusements working in a restaurant, Charlie uses his lunch break to go roller skating. Mr. Stout makes advances toward the unwilling Edna (whose father and Mrs. Stout had earlier carried on in the restaurant). After a roller skate ballet, Charlie (now as Sir Cecil Seltzer) is invited to a party at Edna's. All the "couples", including a new partner for Mr. Stout. show up. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Comedy | Short


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4 December 1916 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rolling Around  »

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1.33 : 1
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The movie is best known for showcasing Charles Chaplin's roller skating skills. See more »


When Charlie goes to lunch, he changes out of his waiter's coat and tie into his "Little Tramp" coat and vest. When he buttons his vest, the buttons and button holes are out of alignment. But when he walks through the restaurant and onto the sidewalk, the buttons and button holes are properly aligned. See more »


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Fascinating insight into early Short-film comedy!
20 April 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What can I say about a 20 minute short entitled 'The Rink'? I guess, that it's really the first Chaplin short I've seen. I haven't seen that many silent movies. Basically, Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp messes up a restaurant, and then goes roller-skating in order to impress The Girl. It's easy to understand why Chaplin was so popular, and why films like these made audiences laugh. He was a talented man, and truly unique with visual humour and timing! More fascinating than actually funny while watching this short, however, you will probably watch it with a wry smile on your face looking at the way comedy was done back then with it's exaggerated make-up jobs and The Tramp's constant causation of trouble! It's kind of cute! Baby cinema taking it's early steps in the form of Charlie Chaplin! Oh yeah, and expect to be impressed Chaplin's footwork whilst roller-skating. Even though the footage is sped up slightly, his movement and body positions for the purposes of comedy is extremely impressive. I liked this short, but like I said; more from fascination than storyline or laughs.

***½ out of *****!

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