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Laughing Gas (1914)

Not Rated | | Short , Comedy | 9 July 1914 (USA)
Charlie pretends to be a dentist though he is only his assistant. When a patient can't stop laughing from the anesthesia Charlie knocks him out with a club. He is sent to the drug store, ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Dentist's Assistant
Fritz Schade Fritz Schade ... Dr. Pain, the Dentist
Alice Howell ... Mrs. Pain - the Dentist's Wife
Slim Summerville ... Pedestrian / Patient
Josef Swickard ... Patient
Mack Swain ... Patient
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Charlie pretends to be a dentist though he is only his assistant. When a patient can't stop laughing from the anesthesia Charlie knocks him out with a club. He is sent to the drug store, gets in a fight with a man who (after a brick in the face) becomes another patient, and pulls the skirt off the dentist's wife (who is out walking). At one point Charlie pulls a tooth (the wrong one) using enormous pliers. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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dentist | pain | laughing gas | See All (3) »

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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:

9 July 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Busy Little Dentist See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Laughing Gas was another early Charlie Chaplin directorial effort that's worth seeing
22 June 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was another early Charlie Chaplin film that he also directed. Since it's for the Mack Sennett Keystone Studio, expect lots of punching, slapping, and throwing of bricks. In Laughing Gas, The Tramp is a dentist's assistant who sometimes acts like he's his boss. One of the ways he takes advantage of that is when he steals kisses from one of the lovely female patients by using one of those tweezers to pull her face toward his. And she seems to like it! That was one of the funniest scenes for me. There's also a funny fight/chase between him and Mack Swain that causes Swain to go guess where! So on that note, Laughing Gas is recommended and is available on a DVD collection called "American Slapstick".


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