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Pay Day (1922)

TV-G | | Comedy, Short | 2 April 1922 (USA)
After a difficult day at work, a bricklayer tries to enjoy his pay day without his wife knowing.

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(as Charlie Chaplin)

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(as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Laborer (as Charlie Chaplin)
Phyllis Allen ...
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Charlie's Friend and Lunch Cart Owner
Albert Austin ...
Workman
John Rand ...
Workman
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Workman
Henry Bergman ...
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Drinking Companion and Policeman
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

A fizetés napja  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$129,550, 31 December 1922
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

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(Westrex Recording System) (re-issue)|

Aspect Ratio:

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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Chaplin's comic timing is amazing in the brick worker sequence...
16 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Altogether amazing little short with the comic at his best as a brick layer who is late on the job and presents a flower to his monstrous boss (MACK SWAIN). Swain looks so much like Billy Gilbert that I thought that's who it was at first. Swain orders him immediately to work and the fun starts. A particularly amusing lunch hour sequence is full of sight gags requiring perfect timing. Charlie gets paid, then has to deal with an overbearing wife who sleeps with a rolling pin in her arms, ready to pounce on him when he doesn't come home from work on time. Instead, he's at the local pub having a night out with the other workers. The pub sequence leads to other amusing sight gags as he and a fellow worker struggle to get out of the rain and onto a streetcar. No wonder Chaplin considers this one his favorite silent short. Again, Edna Purviance has little to do but it hardly matters. It's Chaplin's limelight and that's all audiences wanted. All of the stunts are exhibited in perfect timing and are the mark of genius.


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