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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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Entertaining, but not among Chaplin's best 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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Entertaining, but not among Chaplin's best, 17 November 2014
Author: grantss from Sydney, Australia

Entertaining, but not among Chaplin's best.

Interesting plot: the Tramp becomes a policeman! (It could happen...). From here many adventures ensue.

Has the usual Chaplin slapstick and sight gags but also has some darker themes: bullying, abuse of power, power-madness, instant fame and even drug abuse (though here it appears more of an advert for drugs - it was 1917 I guess, so they didn't know better).

However, it is not as powerful, clever or laugh-a-minute as Chaplin's later stuff. Chaplin's gags seem less well thought-out and more about cheap laughs here. I guess he was still honing his craft and exploring his own boundaries.

Good performances. Eric Campbell is scary as the bully, he of the fearsome eyebrows.

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