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2 April 1922 (USA) See more »
Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Chaplin ... Laborer (as Charlie Chaplin)
Phyllis Allen ... His Wife
Mack Swain ... Foreman

Edna Purviance ... Foreman's Daughter

Syd Chaplin ... 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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Directed by
Charles Chaplin  (as Charlie Chaplin)
Writing credits
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Charles Chaplin  (as Charlie Chaplin)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (as Charlie Chaplin)
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (1971) (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
Eric James .... music associate (1971)
Eric Rogers .... conductor (1971)
Eric Rogers .... orchestrator (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)
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USA:21 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue) | Silent
Argentina:Atp | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Reportedly Charles Chaplin's favorite among his own short films.See more »
Foreman:[the Laborer's digging up tiny bunches of dirt] You're working by the hour, not the ounce!See more »
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Referenced in Chaplin Today: The Kid (2003) (TV)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Chaplin's best short comedy ever?, 25 July 2001
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

Pay Day is definitely one of the best of all of Charlie Chaplin's early short comedies, and that's not even just because it is now placed at the end of The Gold Rush, Chaplin's own favorite of his films. Charlie plays a construction worker who shows up to work late to a job at which his boss is clearly a tyrant. The part where Charlie is in the ditch strenuously digging and only coming up with tiny bits of dirt is one of the funniest parts of the entire film. And then, of course, you have the classic brick throwing scene, which was sure to have knocked people off of their seats when they first saw it in 1922.

But Pay Day is not just another slapstick comedy, it's also got one of the better stories of Chaplin's early, short films. His misadventures at work set up the scene for his underpayment (which seemed not to be enough pay because Charlie was uneducated and added wrong – 2+2+2+2=9), and his eventual confrontations with his beast of a wife. When she takes nearly all of his paycheck, he sneaks away to a bar to get drunk, finally making it home at 5am, only to find his horrendous wife sleeping with a rolling pin. It is another classic moment when he sneaks into the bathroom (hoping to have convinced his wife that he has already left for work) and goes to jump into the bathtub full of laundry, only to find that it is also full of water.

While Pay Day does present a steady stream of slapstick comedy (which was, of course, one of Chaplin's greatest skills), it is also a fairly involved story, which few of his short films had, but which were almost always very well done. He again presents the predicament of the working man, both in his work environment as well as an amusing comment on the working man's home life. If you are interested in Chaplin's work or in slapstick comedy in general, Pay Day is a must see.

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