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Between Showers (1914)

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 »

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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rainy Day See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Emma Bell Clifton was hired by Mack Sennet because she resembled Mabel Normand. Some reviews mistakenly list Normand in the credits of this film and another film featuring Chaplin and Clifton called "A Film Johnnie". See more »

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Charlie Chaplin meets the Tramp.
13 April 2007 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

In Kid Auto Races at Venice, Chaplin first tried on the costume of the little Tramp, and was clearly unsure what to do with it. He wandered around and made himself seen, making it clear that he wanted to be noticed and had something to show the world, but he still wasn't sure what the personality of his character was. In Mabel's Strange Predicament, he tries something new, and finds that it went wrong. Now, in Between Showers, we have another example of the incredible, almost prophetic foreshadowing and symbolism that we saw in Kid Auto Races. Whereas in his last film, he was an obnoxious, belligerent drunk, in Between Showers he decides to try helping people. Not only that, but within the first few minutes of the film, he is literally testing out the waters. And as we would see in the years to come, the experiment worked with phenomenal success.

What Chaplin also largely discovers in this film is the hyperbolic fight scene, exaggerated to cartoonish proportions for the benefit of the slightly fast motion and the absence of close-ups, which provides a comic effect sufficient to inspire years of including similar scenes in future films. The plot is simple, as they were in those days, and concerns the varying degrees of possession of an umbrella, with hilarious results, as they say. Between Showers probably marks the last major change for the Tramp that we would ever see, since Chaplin got it nearly perfect here. Let the show begin…


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