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Chase Me Charlie (1918)

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Chase Me Charlie was an anthology consisting of excerpts from several of Chaplin's short films made for the Essanay Company, including The Tramp, Shanghaied, In the Park and The Bank.

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Chase Me Charlie was an anthology consisting of excerpts from several of Chaplin's short films made for the Essanay Company, including The Tramp, Shanghaied, In the Park, The Bank, By the Sea, A Night Out, The Champion, The Woman, and His New Job. Written by wmorrow59

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A Look At Young Chaplin Through the Essanay Films
2 March 2011 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

Chase Me Charlie began as a result of a lost lawsuit between Charles Chaplin and the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. When the company issued a new Chaplin film that Chaplin never actually made, he took legal action. Essanay used footage Chaplin never released from a non completed film, filmed new sequences with many of the same actors who appear with Chaplin in older footage and titled the collection "Triple Trouble". Two years earlier, the studio tampered with another Chaplin film, a spoof of the opera Carmen, by adding two additional reels of material featuring Ben Turpin.

Since the courts ruled in favor of the company, stating that they and not Chaplin owned the material outright, they did one more release without Chaplin's consent. This compilation film was the result. Fourteen years later it was re released, this time with music and narration. The score was written by Elias Breeskin and the narration was spoken by Teddy Bergman who later changed his name to Alan Reed and would gain fame as the original voice of Fred Flintstone. His gift for mimicry adds to the film but not necessarily for the good. It is made up of cheap jokes and takes away from the Chaplin footage. He actually tells Charlie to do things as if he is in control. Maybe it was funny in 1932 but it is disruptive today. This was Reed's first participation in a theatrical release.

In 1966, producer Sam Sherman re released the film with the Breeskin score, replaced the 1932 comic narration, added a prologue about Hollywood then and now and retitled the film, "Chaplin's Art Of Comedy".

Which version is best is up to the viewer yet it's interesting to see the two narrated versions in comparison. Three decades apart, the spoken audio belongs to its own place in time. It would be just as fascinating to see another release with a contemporary track to put it in a current perspective.


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