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The Cure (1917)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  16 April 1917 (USA)
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An alcoholic checks into a health spa and his antics promptly throw the establishment into chaos.

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The Inebriate (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Eric Campbell ...
The Man with the Gout
Henry Bergman ...
Masseur
John Rand ...
Sanitarium Attendant
James T. Kelley ...
Sanitarium Attendant
Albert Austin ...
Sanitarium Attendant
Frank J. Coleman ...
Head of Sanitarium
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Storyline

Charlie goes to a spa to dry out, but he takes a trunk of liquor with him. He tangles with another's gouty foot in a revolving door. Later he thinks the gouty man is making love signs to him (he doesn't Edna, the real object of the man's efforts), so he signs back. He interpets a massage to be a wrestling match. When management throws his liquor into the fountain, when flow the healthful waters, everyone gets drunk. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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16 April 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Water Cure  »

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Trivia

The film was restored in 2013 through the Chaplin Mutual Project thanks to the financial support of The George Lucas Family Foundation, The Film Foundation and The Material World Charitable Foundation. See more »

Goofs

When the Man With the Gout (Eric Campbell) falls into the spa well and struggles underwater, it is a stunt man that is struggling. Eric Campbell is one of the people who pull the stunt man out. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [opening title card] The health spring.
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Edited into Days of Thrills and Laughter (1961) See more »

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Charlie at his short best
26 October 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Much of the delights in this short film involve a tipsy Charlie (whose luggage consists entirely of bottles, to the good fortune of the weirdly bearded porter) and a grouchy, gouty, Eric Campbell - a perfect foil for Chaplin, he'd be much missed after his death in a road accident later in 1917.

Edna Purviance, Charlie's usual sweetie in these short films, is a welcome presence, but it is Chaplin himself who shines throughout 'The Cure', whether struggling from the over zealous attention of a Turkish bath attendant, walking his funny walk up steps, or getting stuck along with Campbell in a set of revolving doors.

It doesn't get much better than this.


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