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The Rounders (1914)

Unrated | | Comedy, Short | 7 September 1914 (USA)
Two drunks live in the same hotel. One beats his wife, the other is beaten by his. They go off and get drunk together. They try to sleep in a restaurant using tables as beds and are thrown ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... 1st Reveller
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... 2nd Reveller - Charlie's Neighbor
Phyllis Allen Phyllis Allen ... Charlie's Wife
Minta Durfee ... Fatty's Wife
Al St. John ... Bellhop / Waiter
Peggy Page Peggy Page ... (as Miss Page)
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Storyline

Two drunks live in the same hotel. One beats his wife, the other is beaten by his. They go off and get drunk together. They try to sleep in a restaurant using tables as beds and are thrown out. They lie down in a row boat which fills with water, drowning them (a fate apparently better than going home to their wives). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Down See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the shots is shown in reverse to give the impression that Arbuckle and Chaplin rush to the edge of a lake and Chaplin almost falls in. As a tipoff to this technique, watch for the man walking backward in the background, and compare the rippling waves in the shot with the direction of the rippling in the following lakeside shot. See more »

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Drunk Charlie
31 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, have been for over a decade now. Many films and shorts of his are very good to masterpiece, and like many others consider him a comedy genius and one of film's most important and influential directors.

He did do better than 'The Rounders', still made very early on in his career where he was still finding his feet and not fully formed what he became famous for. Can understand why the Keystone period suffered from not being as best remembered or highly remembered than his later efforts, but they are mainly decent and important in their own right. 'The Rounders' is a long way from a career high, but has a lot of nice things about it and is to me one of the better efforts in the 1914 Keystone batch.

'The Rounders' is not as hilarious, charming or touching as his later work and some other shorts in the same period. The episodic story is flimsy and the production values not as audacious. Occasionally, things feel a little scrappy, occasionally repetitive and confused.

For someone who was still relatively new to the film industry and had literally just moved on from their stage background, 'The Rounders' is not bad at all, pretty good actually.

While not audacious, the film hardly looks ugly, is more than competently directed and is appealingly played. Chaplin looks comfortable, with shades of his distinctive style here, and shows his stage expertise while opening it up that it doesn't become stagy or repetitive shtick. Fatty Arbuckle is also great and their chemistry carries 'The Rounders' to very entertaining effect.

Although the humour, charm and emotion was done even better and became more refined later, 'The Rounders' is still very amusing, cute and hard to dislike. It moves quickly and doesn't feel too long or short.

To conclude, decent. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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