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The Rink (1916)

After causing restaurant chaos at work, a bumbling waiter tears up the local roller rink with his skating.

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Cast

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A Waiter - Posing as Sir Cecil Seltzer
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The Girl
James T. Kelley ...
Eric Campbell ...
Mr. Stout
Henry Bergman ...
Mrs. Stout
Albert Austin ...
Cook
Leota Bryan ...
Edna's Friend
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Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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4 December 1916 (USA)  »

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Rolling Around  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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18 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent example of what the Tramp could do; the premise is simple as the Tramp is working as a waiter (and there's some wackiness there with misunderstandings with a customer), and when he gets a few cents he goes to the roller rink. The stunts that he does over and over show off just how keen he was to get a gag just right, but it all comes down to us believing that Chaplin can really do this. I don't know if this took the number of takes that he would later do on his features (he could be a perfectionist actually as far as doing dozens of takes if he didn't like something), and it's amazing to think that he made this short, as he did for a lot of his films at the time, in a relatively short amount of time. The logistics for how he goes on the skates makes me almost think watching it 'Tony Hawk, eat your heart out!' That it's all consistently funny and charming, that it doesn't let up for 24 minutes, is the icing on the cake.


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