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Release Date:
25 September 1921 (USA) See more »
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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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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32 min | Spain:29 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue) | Silent
USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Nice short Chaplin, 2 February 2004
Author: TheOtherFool from The Netherlands

Another example of Chaplin's brilliance in film-making, this short work. Many of his favorite themes come along, such as several chases and a mix-up between him and 'the husband'(also played by Charlie). Best scenes include the one where 'the husband' reads a letter from his wife that he should drink less. We see him pick up a picture of her, then he starts shaking like he's crying... but he's just mixing another drink. That really cracked me up. The scenes on the golf course are also very funny and well-made. Then the movie slows down a bit with the ballroom-thing, but the ending is just the best: with Charlie kicking the father of 'the wife' right where he should... great scene! In short: good short Chaplin, though not up there with The Adventurer, The Tramp or Pay Day. 7/10.

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