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He's in Again (1918)

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A tramp enters a cabaret and orders a drink, but then is thrown out when he cannot pay for it. After trying again, he is told by the manager that if he wants to avoid being charged and sent... See full summary »

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Billy West ...
A Customer
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Head Waiter (as Babe Hardy)
Leo White ...
The Prize Fighter
Ethelyn Gibson ...
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Piano Player (as Charles Parrott)
Bud Ross ...
A Drunk (as Budd Ross)
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A tramp enters a cabaret and orders a drink, but then is thrown out when he cannot pay for it. After trying again, he is told by the manager that if he wants to avoid being charged and sent to jail, he will have to work. Then, while he is tending bar, there is a sudden opening in the floor show, and the tramp is forced to fill in. Nor is that the last of the duties he is unexpectedly asked to perform. Written by Snow Leopard

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Has Some Decent Material, With West As a Decent Chaplin Imitation
8 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Billy West, who was among the better of the numerous Charlie Chaplin imitators of his era, does a reasonable job here of imitating Chaplin's style. There is also some decent comic material amidst the other more routine stretches, making "He's In Again" a mostly average but generally entertaining short comedy.

It sometimes seems odd how many comics of the era tried to imitate Chaplin's style and/or his material, yet the phenomenon is probably not much different from the various cinema fashions or fads of any era. Certainly in recent years, there seems to be no end to the succession of dreary, unimaginative "action" stars, all performing essentially the same character and material - and that's far from the only stock persona that occurs in movie after uninspired movie these days.

West is not bad as an imitator. He has recognizably the same kind of character as Chaplin's tramp - irresponsible but generally likable, unpredictable, and full of life. A fair amount of the material in this feature - with West's tramp character trying to hang out in a cabaret - has parallels to Chaplin's own shorts, while a couple of the ideas do seem to be relatively original, if not particularly creative.

There are a couple of good sequences here, while others contain some rather pointless activity. Oliver Hardy has a small role, and he helps out when he gets the chance. It's good enough to be at least average, and perhaps slightly better.


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