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His Prehistoric Past (1914)

Charlie dreams he is in the stone age. There King Low-Brow rules a harem of wives. Charlie, in skins and a bowler, falls in love with the king's favorite wife, Sum-Babee. During a hunting ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Weakchin
Mack Swain ... King Lowbrow
May Wallace ... The Queen
Gene Marsh Gene Marsh ... Sum-Babee, Lowbrow's Favorite Water Maiden
Fritz Schade Fritz Schade ... Ku-Ku aka Cleo, Medicine Man
Cecile Arnold Cecile Arnold ... Cavewoman
Al St. John ... Caveman
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Charlie dreams he is in the stone age. There King Low-Brow rules a harem of wives. Charlie, in skins and a bowler, falls in love with the king's favorite wife, Sum-Babee. During a hunting trip the king is pushed over a cliff. Charlie proclaims himself king, but Ku-Ku discovers the real king alive. They return to find Charlie and Sum- Babee together. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hula-Hula Dance See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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not great but at least it's interesting!
2 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an early Chaplin short. Almost all of his earliest films from 1914-1915 were plot less and pretty incoherent. However, considering the generally poor quality of films of the time, they were adored by the public. It was only a few years later that Chaplin's films began to be great works of art--with real scripts, higher production values and some coherence.

This film is one of Chaplin's earliest. And, considering how early it was made, it's surprising how much plot there actually is. Charlie is a caveman in a land where there are 1000 women for every man. He defeats the leader of the tribe and becomes king. Later, when the old king returns and bonks Charlie on the head, he awakens in the present as a cop is hitting him over the head with a club. Apparently it was all a silly dream.

The film had a few cute moments, but only a few. Not a terrible film when compared to the fare of the day, but pretty skipable despite having a VERY unusual plot.


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