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His New Profession (1914)

Charlie meets a couple and agrees to care for the man's crippled uncle. After the couple breaks up the man's new girl drops some eggs which Charlie slips on while trying to control the ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Charlie
Charley Chase ... Nephew (as Charles Parrot)
Peggy Page Peggy Page ... Nephew's Girlfriend (as Miss Page)
Jess Dandy Jess Dandy ... Invalid Uncle
Cecile Arnold Cecile Arnold ... Girl with Eggs
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Bartender Smoking Cigar
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Charlie meets a couple and agrees to care for the man's crippled uncle. After the couple breaks up the man's new girl drops some eggs which Charlie slips on while trying to control the wheelchair. Charlie sets up the uncle near another wheelchair on a jetty, from which he lifts a beggar's cup and "invalid" sign. These he places with the uncle, and money begins to roll in. Charlie takes the money and buys himself a drink. Returning, he gets to know the abandoned young woman. After pushing the uncle and his chair into the drink and battling the beggar and two policemen (one of whom arrests the uncle), Charlie beats up his rival and gets the girl. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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

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His New Profession review
28 June 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

An early Chaplin comedy from his days at Keystone, which means he's more aggressive than he was in later years. This early version of the Little Tramp thinks nothing of kicking the occupant of a wheelchair in the chest and stealing from a beggar. There are a few mild laughs - which is more than you can say for many of Chaplin's efforts for Keystone - but he's still far from the finished article.


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31 August 1914 (USA) See more »

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The Good for Nothing See more »

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