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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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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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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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Featured in The Funniest Man in the World (1967) See more »

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The Little Tramp evolves
13 June 2004 | by 23skidoo-4See all my reviews

Although Chaplin still had many kinks to work out of his Little Tramp character by the time he made this, his fourth movie, Between Showers nonetheless shows tremendous improvement over his first attempts at developing a screen persona. In the first, Making a Living, he played a rich villain. In Kid Races at Venice and Mabel's Strange Predicament, the Tramp made his debut, but was portrayed as a rather mean-spirited, and in the Mabel Normand film, almost lecherous, jerk.

But Between Showers, for the first time, presents the Little Tramp as a somewhat noble, almost heroic character, who comes to the aid of a damsel in distress (here portrayed by an Edna Purviance prototype). He still has rough edges, but Chaplin was starting to flesh out the character.

The plot of Between Showers is an illustration of how delightfully simple and high concept early silent comedies could be. A man steals an umbrella -- that's pretty much the plot, with a little (attempted) romance tossed in for good measure. It's a fun little film, and fascinating to watch from the perspective of observing how Chaplin is slowly crafting his most famous character.


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