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22 January 1917 (USA) See more »
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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One of the best Chaplin oldies See more (26 total) »


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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »
[first lines]
Chief of Police:[title card] Your beat is Easy Street.
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Chaplin oldies, 12 July 2001
Author: Per from Sweden

The genius Charles Chaplin's greatest oldies! Chaplin was a genius as a writer, director, actor and composer. a lot of the funny things in charlie chaplins oldies can you find in old donald duck and mickey mouse shorties. he was the absolutely most talented comedian's of all time. Eric Campbell who is the policeman who chase charlie is in this one the bully who the policeman (charlie) is cha... no he get chased by cambpell is this one two. but it is exchanged roles!

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