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The Idle Class (1921)

A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband.


Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)


Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)




Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Tramp / Husband (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... Edna, Neglected Wife


The conflict here is between Charlie the wealthy and alcoholic husband and Charlie the Tramp: the idle rich and the idle poor. In the opening scene wealthy Edna descends from a Pullman car while the Tramp crawls out from under another one. At a fancy masquerade ball Edna's husband appears as a knight whose visor is stuck closed. The Tramp shows up, running from the law, and is mistaken for the husband. Edna finds the new "husband" more to her liking than the real one. When true identities are revealed, a fight breaks out and the Tramp is ejected. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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HIM AND HIMSELF He's as funny as him as he is as himself. A fun-fable of a minnow that went swimming with gold fish. Poor Fish! (Print Ad- Nashua Telegraph, ((Nashua, NH)) 5 December 1921)


Short | Comedy


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In this film, the golfers in the tee area of a hole, reach into a nearby wooden box, take out a handful of sand, and create a mound on the ground. They place their golf ball on this mound (called a "sand tee") in order to make their tee shot. Most modern audiences don't realize that manufactured golf tees didn't become popular until 1922, a year after this film was made. Although multiple patents for golf tees had been around for decades, the "Reddy Tee" finally took off when promoted by some famous golf professionals in 1922. The box of sand was called the "tee box", and modern golfers still call the tee area the "tee box". See more »


When the father-in-law smacks Charlie's doppelganger in their room, the feather falls off his armor helmet. When the father-in-law pulls him out of the room into the hall, the feather is back on the helmet. See more »


Edna, Neglected Wife: I will occupy other rooms until you stop drinking.
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Nice short Chaplin
2 February 2004 | by TheOtherFoolSee all my reviews

Another example of Chaplin's brilliance in film-making, this short work. Many of his favorite themes come along, such as several chases and a mix-up between him and 'the husband'(also played by Charlie). Best scenes include the one where 'the husband' reads a letter from his wife that he should drink less. We see him pick up a picture of her, then he starts shaking like he's crying... but he's just mixing another drink. That really cracked me up. The scenes on the golf course are also very funny and well-made. Then the movie slows down a bit with the ballroom-thing, but the ending is just the best: with Charlie kicking the father of 'the wife' right where he should... great scene! In short: good short Chaplin, though not up there with The Adventurer, The Tramp or Pay Day. 7/10.

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25 September 1921 (USA) See more »

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Vanity Fair See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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