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The Cure (1917)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy | 16 April 1917 (USA)
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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The Girl
Eric Campbell ...
The Man with the Gout
Henry Bergman ...
Masseur
John Rand ...
Sanitarium Attendant
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Sanitarium Attendant
Albert Austin ...
Sanitarium Attendant
Frank J. Coleman ...
Head of Sanitarium
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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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The Water Cure  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Title Card: [opening title card] The health spring.
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laughter the is best medicine
4 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

This time, Charlie Chaplin plays a drunk who has to spend some time in a health spa. Sure enough, he creates chaos everywhere he goes! "The Cure" was also one of Edna Purviance's early roles. The two of them have a couple of scenes together. But above all, this is an excuse for Chaplin to strut his stuff, and boy does he! It must have been weird for Chaplin, going as he did from being a poor boy in England to being an international superstar. Nonetheless, he gave us some of the greatest comedies of all time. That makes it all the more disgraceful that the US government - mired in McCarthyism - wouldn't let him reenter the country in 1952, forcing him to spend the rest of his life in exile. Fortunately, Chaplin got the last laugh: he won an Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 1972, and he remains one of the most beloved entertainers ever.


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