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A Film Johnnie (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 2 March 1914 (USA)
Charlie attempts to meet his favorite movie actress at the Keystone Studio, but does not win friends there.

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George Nichols
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Film Johnnie
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Himself - Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Peggy Pearce ... The Keystone Girl
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Ford Sterling ... Himself
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Storyline

Charlie goes to the movie and falls in love with a girl on the screen. He goes to Keystone Studios to find her. He disrupts the shooting of a film, and a fire breaks out. Charlie is blamed, gets squirted with a firehose, and is shoved by the female star. 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:

2 March 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie the Actor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charlie Chaplin's 5th film released. March 02 1914. See more »

Goofs

Before Charlie Chaplin lights a cigarette with a prop pistol, the cigarette is already visibly lit - shown by the presence of smoke before Chaplin fires the pistol. See more »

Alternate Versions

1930s reissue version, entitled Film Johnny, (released on DVD) omits the opening sequence in the movie theater. See more »

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Featured in Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp (1980) See more »

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Behind the Scenes
2 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Film Johnnie, A (1914)

** (out of 4)

Charles Chaplin plays a film buff who goes to Keystone Studios to meet his favorite stars, which he does but at the same time he doesn't find himself welcomed after a while. Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Virginia Kirtley, Mabel Normand and Ford Sterling are among the stars seen at the studio and while this it's fun to see all these stars together I wouldn't go further by calling this a good movie. Chaplin is quite animated here as he finds himself getting into one mess after another, which eventually leads to his setting a set on fire. Some historians seem to think that this movie was a way for the studio to display their feelings towards Chaplin. It was well known that he was causing trouble with his attitude even this early in his career so historians believe the annoying character here is the studio showing him as he was. I'm not sure how true this is but it's an interesting theory.


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