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Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 7 February 1914 (USA)
The Tramp wanders into and disrupts the filming of a go-kart race.

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Henry Lehrman

Writer:

Henry Lehrman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Tramp
Henry Lehrman ... Film Director
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Storyline

Charlie, dressed as a tramp for the first time, goes to a baby-cart race in Venice, California. He causes a great deal of trouble and confusion, both on off the track (getting in the way of the cameraman) and on (interfering with the race). He succeeds in irritating both the participants and the public. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1914 (USA) See more »

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The Pest See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film was shot in 45 minutes at a go-cart race. See more »

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

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Kid Auto Races in Venice is interesting first look at Chaplin's Tramp character
9 November 2006 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Kid Auto Races in Venice is historical in that it marks Charlie Chaplin's first appearance as The Tramp. In this short film, The Tramp is a spectator in a soap box derby race that is being filmed. Throughout the short, Charlie keeps getting in front of the camera and getting pushed off by either the cameraman or other spectators. In addition, he almost gets knocked off by some of the kid racers! Obviously not much to mention of the plot of this six minute short but for some reason I was constantly amused by Chaplin's constant wandering in and out of the path of where the race cars were going as well as the cameraman's attempts to get him out of the way. Worth a look for film history buffs and the easily amused.


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