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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 »

Director:

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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Certificate:

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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Very unfunny early movie by an undeniable comedic genius
19 April 2000 | by packofk9sSee all my reviews

His Prehistoric Past was one of Chaplin's earliest movies and easily one of his least funny. It is without the social messages that his later films (even the short silent-films) contained, and is also without any truly funny scenes. Chaplin neither directed nor produced this movie, and it is doubtful that even he found it at any point funny.

Charlie Chaplin left to his own creative devices was a genius - plain and simple. HPH is not his project, however, and consequently is a very poor example of a Chaplin flick.

Do yourself a favor, rent a different Chaplin film (almost any will make your sides hurt from laughing and brain giddy from greater social awareness), but don't waste your time or money on His Prehistoric Past.


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