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Pay Day (I) (1922)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  2 April 1922 (USA)
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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... 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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Comedy | Short

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2 April 1922 (USA)  »

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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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This is Charles Chaplin's final short film. See more »

Quotes

Foreman: [the Laborer's digging up tiny bunches of dirt] You're working by the hour, not the ounce!
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Follows The Chinaman (1920) See more »

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major scenes, minor story
8 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is definitely worth seeing for the amazing slapstick sequences, though it doesn't have much of a storyline overall. The killer opening scenes, showing Charlie working at a construction site, had me staring open-mouthed at the screen. I also enjoyed the drunks' night out, the running-after-the-tram scenes, and the bits involving the cats (especially that sausage one).

I was less thrilled with the clichéd character of the rolling-pin-wielding wife. That role seems kind of misogynist to me, plus it opens up way too many questions that the film will never answer--you can't help but wonder how they got together in the first place, etc. And it takes a little of the innocent shine off of Charlie's sighs over Edna Purviance when you find out he's supposed to be married. The Tramp actually seems unusually louche in this picture.

According to David Robinson, this picture boasted some of the first successful night scenes that didn't have to be tinted. I loved the big searchlight that lit up the tram sequence. Sydney Chaplin also contributes some nice comedy. Edna, disappointingly, has a very small role.

This is far from my favorite Chaplin film, but I'm glad I have the DVD, because there are sequences I will enjoy watching over and over (and in slow motion).


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