Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. As he leaves work his wife takes the pay he has hidden in his hat. But he steals... See full summary »

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Cast

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Laborer (as Charlie Chaplin)
Phyllis Allen ...
His Wife
Mack Swain ...
Foreman
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Foreman's Daughter
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Charlie's Friend and Lunch Cart Owner
Albert Austin ...
Workman
John Rand ...
Workman
Loyal Underwood ...
Workman
Henry Bergman ...
Drinking Companion
Al Ernest Garcia ...
Drinking Companion and Policeman
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Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. As he leaves work his wife takes the pay he has hidden in his hat. But he steals her purse so he can go out for the evening. He has a terrible time getting home on a very rainy night. When he does so he finds his wife waiting for him with a rolling pin. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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2 April 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fizetés napja  »

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(TCM print)

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(Westrex Recording System) (re-issue)|

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly Charles Chaplin's favorite among his own short films. See more »

Quotes

Laborer: Which way to Christen-zen-zen Street?
[a man points one way, he goes the other]
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Connections

Follows Experiment No. 3 (1919) See more »

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extremely well choreographed stunts and interesting throughout
3 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film has some highly imaginative and well-timed stunts--all revolving around Charlie's job at a construction site. All the near-falls and accidents remind me of Sweet Pea from POPEYE cartoons--as the baby is nearly killed again and again but miraculously escapes. In Chaplin's case, it involved a funny sequence when he ALMOST falls down an elevator many times, dropping objects accidentally on those below and a really interesting sight gag involving guys throwing bricks up to Charlie who catches this with complete ease (it was done by running the film backwards). Later, Charlie's hideous and scary wife is introduced and it goes from a work comedy to a domestic one. In a way, this was a minor disappointment, as I preferred the faster paced work stunts, but all-in-all this is a funny and well executed short.


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