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Between Showers (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 28 February 1914 (USA)
Charlie and another man compete in trying to help a young lady cross a muddy street. The rival finds a wooden plank which Charlie takes from him. They fight over an umbrella belonging to ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Lehrman

Writer:

Reed Heustis
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Masher
Ford Sterling ... Rival Masher
Chester Conklin ... Policeman
Edward Nolan Edward Nolan ... Chivalrous Policeman (as Eddie Nolan)
Peggy Pearce ... 1st Lady in Distress (as Velma Pierce)
Emma Clifton Emma Clifton ... 2nd Lady in Distress
Sadie Lampe Sadie Lampe ... Policeman's Lady Friend (unconfirmed)
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Charlie and another man compete in trying to help a young lady cross a muddy street. The rival finds a wooden plank which Charlie takes from him. They fight over an umbrella belonging to the rival. A policeman settles the dispute, ultimately arresting the rival. An innocent tramp is pushed into the lake. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Trivia

This film is among the 34 short films included in the "Chaplin at Keystone" DVD collection. See more »

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Featured in The Funniest Man in the World (1967) See more »

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A historical document
26 February 2005 | by AkihseSee all my reviews

The ten minute short film Between Showers is best seen, perhaps, as a historical document. More than ninety years old, it serves as a reminder that movies has both changed and not changed since that time. This is obviously a silent, which calls for a visual kind of humour. The plot is thus fairly straight forward and serves as an excuse for the characters to fall on their butts and fight in an overly theatrical manner, judged by today's standards anyway. However, it is interesting to see Chaplin's crude and early attempts at what he and others (Jackie Chan to name one of our contemporaries) would later perfect – well timed physical humour. No doubt intended as entertainment for the moment, Between Showers lacks the social commentary of the 22 years younger masterpiece Modern Times, but it contains a seed, albeit small, of the breathtaking acrobatics displayed therein.

Of historical interest.


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Release Date:

28 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rainy Day See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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