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The Idle Class (1921)

TV-G  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  25 September 1921 (USA)
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A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband.

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The conflict here is between Charlie the wealthy and alcoholic husband and Charlie the Tramp: the idle rich and the idle poor. In the opening scene wealthy Edna descends from a Pullman car while the Tramp crawls out from under another one. At a fancy masquerade ball Edna's husband appears as a knight whose visor is stuck closed. The Tramp shows up, running from the law, and is mistaken for the husband. Edna finds the new "husband" more to her liking than the real one. When true identities are revealed, a fight breaks out and the Tramp is ejected. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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25 September 1921 (USA)  »

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Vanity Fair  »

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Trivia

Charles Chaplin underwent a bit of a creative block prior to making this film. In an attempt to generate some ideas for a new project, Chaplin strolled through the studio's prop building grabbing and playing with various objects. Ultimately, he stumbled upon a set of golf clubs and envisioned his character, the Tramp, playing golf. The incident sparked the creation of this film. See more »

Goofs

When the father-in-law smacks Charlie's doppelganger in their room, the feather falls off his armor helmet. When the father-in-law pulls him out of the room into the hall, the feather is back on the helmet. See more »

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The Rich and the Poor
8 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Chaplin plays both the tramp as well as the rich man (which I guess he could do now that First National Films had facilitated his conviction to act, write, direct, produce and compose his own films having been born into working class society), and displays the idleness of both classes. The rich are idle because they don't have to work, and the poor are idle because they choose not to work. Whether your rich or poor, we are all the same underneath.


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