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Writer:
Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
25 September 1921 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... Tramp / Husband (as Charlie Chaplin)

Edna Purviance ... Neglected Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Aber ... Extra (uncredited)
Joe Anderson ... Extra (uncredited)
Laura Anson ... Extra (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Extra (uncredited)
Robert Badger ... Extra (uncredited)
George Bastian ... Extra (uncredited)
Gladys Baxter ... Extra (uncredited)
J.A. Beaver ... Extra (uncredited)
Bruce Belamator ... Extra (uncredited)
Harriett Bennett ... Extra (uncredited)
Mary Ann Bennett ... Extra (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Sleeping Hobo / Guest in Cop Uniform (uncredited)
Richard Brewster ... Extra (uncredited)
Carl Brown ... Extra (uncredited)
Evelyn Burns ... Extra (uncredited)
Joe Campbell ... Extra (uncredited)
William Carey ... Extra (uncredited)
Helene Caverly ... Extra (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Extra (uncredited)
Ethel Childers ... Extra (uncredited)
Jim Collins ... Extra (uncredited)
Marie Crisp ... Extra (uncredited)
Lottie Cruz ... Extra (uncredited)
W.R. Denning ... Extra (uncredited)
Miss Egbert ... Extra (uncredited)
Bertha Feducha ... Extra (uncredited)
Joseph Flores ... Extra (uncredited)
Nell Foltz ... Extra (uncredited)
Ruth Foster ... Extra (uncredited)
Al Ernest Garcia ... Cop in Park / Guest (uncredited)
Miss Grace ... Extra (uncredited)

Lita Grey ... Maid (uncredited)
William Hackett ... Extra (uncredited)
Jules Hanft ... Extra (uncredited)
Art Hanson ... Extra (uncredited)
E.C. Holkin ... Extra (uncredited)
Howard Johnston ... Extra (uncredited)
Harold Kent ... Extra (uncredited)
Duffy Kirk ... Extra (uncredited)
Edward Knoblock ... Guest (uncredited)
Mary Land ... Extra (uncredited)
Mrs. Ross Lang ... Extra (uncredited)
Melissa Ledgerwood ... Extra (uncredited)
Jack Lott ... Extra (uncredited)

Harry Maynard ... Butler (uncredited)
B.W. McComber ... Extra (uncredited)
Clyde McCoy ... Extra (uncredited)
Helen McKee ... Extra (uncredited)
Helen McMullin ... Extra (uncredited)
Lillian McMurray ... Maid (uncredited)
Harold McNulty ... Extra (uncredited)
Charles Meakin ... Extra (uncredited)
Paul Mertz ... Extra (uncredited)
George Milo ... Extra (uncredited)
George Mistler ... Extra (uncredited)
William Moore ... Extra (uncredited)
Jack Mortimer ... Extra (uncredited)
Howard Olsen ... Guest (uncredited)
Bob Palmer ... Extra (uncredited)
Pearl Palmer ... Extra (uncredited)
Lolita Parker ... Guest (uncredited)
Mrs. Parker ... Guest (uncredited)
Miss M. Parsons ... Extra (uncredited)
Gertrude Pedlar ... Extra (uncredited)
R.O. Pennell ... Extra (uncredited)
John Rand ... Golfer / Guest (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... Guest (uncredited)
Dolly Rich ... Extra (uncredited)
Margaret Rishell ... Extra (uncredited)
Carlyle Robinson ... Guest (uncredited)
Hugh Saxon ... Extra (uncredited)
Anita Simons ... Extra (uncredited)
C.B. Steele ... Extra (uncredited)
Rex Storey ... Pickpocket / Guest (uncredited)
Mack Swain ... Edna's Father (uncredited)
John Sweeny ... Extra (uncredited)
L. Swisher ... Extra (uncredited)
Jack Sydney ... Extra (uncredited)
Jean Temple ... Extra (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Extra (uncredited)
William H. Thompson ... Extra (uncredited)
Armand Triller ... Extra (uncredited)
California Truman ... Extra (uncredited)
John Underhill ... Extra (uncredited)
Loyal Underwood ... Guest (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter ... Guest (uncredited)
Catherine Vidor ... Extra (uncredited)
Anita Walton ... Extra (uncredited)
Gladys Webb ... Extra (uncredited)
Miss Wicks ... Extra (uncredited)
Vera Wilder ... Extra (uncredited)
Fred L. Wilson ... Extra (uncredited)
Jack Woods ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin  (as Charlie Chaplin)
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by) (as Charlie Chaplin)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (as Charlie Chaplin)
 
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Reisner .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Wilson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mother Vinot .... seamstress (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Chaplin .... music composed by: 1971 (as Charlie Chaplin)
Eric James .... music associate: 1971
 
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nellie Bly Baker .... secretary: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Elsie Codd .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Tom Harrington .... assistant: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vanity Fair" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
32 min | Spain:29 min
Country:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue) | Silent
Certification:
USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Birth of the Tramp (2013) (TV)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"The Lonely Husband", 27 August 2010
Author: Steffi_P from Ruritania

While Charlie Chaplin's little tramp persona has been famous worldwide for nearly a century, a character he created back in his musical hall days is less well-known. That character was the alcoholic aristocrat. Here, in the Idle Class, he makes his final appearance, and his only one opposite the tramp, in a mistaken identity comedy that prefigures Chaplin talkie The Great Dictator.

In spite of this being his swansong, the posh drunk's personality is more fully fleshed out here than ever before, as if Chaplin was eking the utmost out of the character before abandoning him. Chaplin also involves him in gags of a type he did not often do; the pull-back-and-reveal joke, like the shot revealing he is wearing no trousers, or the elaborate arrangement of people and props as he tries to conceal it from the people around him. These jokes are hilarious, but they are not typical Chaplin – they draw too much attention to the artifice of it all, and threatens to detract from the humanity of the characters, which is why he would never have used such gags with the little tramp.

Speaking of the little tramp, he is far from absent in The Idle Class, and there is plenty of his kind of humour here. He gets a great entrance, emerging from a little hatch on the underside of a train after the grand arrival of an assortment of toffs. There are some supremely confident gags on a golf course, where in the classic style of the Mutual shorts the focus is upon the trail of chaos that the tramp leaves behind him. For example, we see Charlie sauntering into the distance while in centre-screen his two fellow golfers get into a fight over a misunderstanding he has caused. In a following shot only his legs appear, as he stomps on a straw hat in one corner of the screen, causing yet more mayhem. Charlie is not shown directly, but it is his personality and his influence on the comedy you remember. Compare that to the scenes of the wealthy drunkard, in which Chaplin is always on screen because the character is weaker and requires our constant attention to work.

So, an odd little Chaplin short, featuring much material of a kind he would not return to again. And yet it is very effective and funny, even when it wasn't in a mode that suited him. As if to prove the value of the kind of gags we see in The Idle Class, they went to live on in the work of his fellow silent comics. Whether the influence of this picture was significant or not, those pull-back-and-reveal gags are used to great effect in Harold Lloyd's films, while those elaborately staged sight-gags were of course a staple for Buster Keaton.

All of which heralds the timely arrival of that all-important statistic – Number of kicks up the arse: 7 (2 for, 4 against, 1 other).

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