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22 January 1917 (USA) See more »
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A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Great introduction to Chaplin and silent films See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... The Derelict (as Charlie Chaplin)

Edna Purviance ... The Mission Worker
Eric Campbell ... The Bully
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Austin ... Minister / Policeman (uncredited)
Lloyd Bacon ... Drug Addict (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Anarchist (uncredited)
Frank J. Coleman ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Gillespie ... Heroin Addict (uncredited)
James T. Kelley ... Mission Visitor / Policeman (uncredited)
Charlotte Mineau ... Big Eric's Wife (uncredited)
John Rand ... Mission Tramp / Policeman (uncredited)
Janet Sully ... Mother in Mission (uncredited)
Loyal Underwood ... Small Father / Policeman (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim Jr. ... Baby (uncredited)
Leo White ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tom Wood ... Chief of Police (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vincent Bryan  uncredited
Charles Chaplin  screenplay (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin  story (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin  uncredited
Maverick Terrell  uncredited

Produced by
Henry P. Caulfield .... producer (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William C. Foster (photography) (uncredited)
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Art Department
George Cleethorpe .... property master (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George C. 'Duke' Zalibra .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Mortilla .... music copyright (1989) (as Michael D. Mortilla)
Michael Mortilla .... music performer (1984) (as Michael D. Mortilla)
 
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Shepard .... presents (1989)
Ed Brewer .... technical director (uncredited)
Tom Harrington .... assistant: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
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23 min (20 fps) | Germany:24 min (restored version) | Argentina:24 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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The lamppost used in the famous scene between Charles Chaplin and Eric Campbell fell on Chaplin during filming, requiring his hospitalization.See more »
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Chief of Police:[title card] Your beat is Easy Street.
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Great introduction to Chaplin and silent films, 30 November 2003
Author: hausrathman

Easy Street starts with Charlie with as a poor, destitute tramp. After attending a storefront revival service, and meeting the always delightful Edna Purviance, he decides to turn his life around. He quickly gets a job as a policeman and he finds himself assigned to Easy Street, the worst neighborhood in the city ruled by tough Eric Campbell. Using his own unorthodox tactics, Charlie eventually subdues Eric and neighborhood and they all live happily ever after.

Easy Street was one of the twelve films Chaplin made for Mutual. Mutual gave Chaplin unprecedented freedom and responded by giving them, overall, twelve of the best comedy shorts ever made. Easy Street is easily the best of them. It is a very funny short. This is the film I show when I want to introduce someone to Chaplin or silent films in general. The gags are inventive, and they are extremely well-played by his regular company of Mutual performers. Chaplin himself is at his best in this film, but where would he be without Eric Campbell, the best heavy he ever played against. (Sadly, Campbell would die in a car accident after the completion of the Mutual comedies. His loss would be felt in the First National comedies, which rarely reached the heights of the best Mutual work.)

But there is more to Easy Street than laughs. It is unusually mature for a silent comedy of its period. Chaplin usually presented his tramp character as a happy-go-lucky figure - a vagabond by choice, not circumstance. This film starts with the tramp as a down-and-out character, much in need of the new beginning he gets at the mission. In perhaps his first attempt at social commentary, Chaplin provides an unblinking view of ills of the society of the time. The most graphic example is the drug addict shooting up with a needle. People often have a misconception of silent comedies being simply quaint. That isn't quaint.

This is a must see.

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