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Making a Living (1914)

An out-of-work swindler takes a job as a reporter. After witnessing a car go over cliff, he grabs a rival reporter's camera and races to the newspaper office to enter the photo as his own. ... See full summary »

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Henry Lehrman (uncredited)
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Charles Chaplin ... Swindler
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An out-of-work swindler takes a job as a reporter. After witnessing a car go over cliff, he grabs a rival reporter's camera and races to the newspaper office to enter the photo as his own. His rival is delayed when he gets caught in a woman's bedroom by her jealous husband. The swindler follows the distribution of the paper containing his 'scoop' around town where he is once again chased by the rival reporter. Both end up on the cow-catcher of a streetcar. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Take My Picture See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First film appearance of Charles Chaplin, and one of the few in those early years in which he does not play the Tramp. See more »

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Featured in Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003) See more »

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Not so good.
8 January 2007 | by Kenneth Eagle SpiritSee all my reviews

This is poorly done, not funny really, and just not that well put together. But, when viewing this sort of thing, I think its important to keep two things in mind ... #1: The film industry was new and inexperienced. It was a treat for most folks just to see images thrown up on a screen. #2: Chaplin was also new and inexperienced. He had not yet grown into that lovable Little Tramp. This was a period of learning via experimentation. Given all of that, this is worth watching once if you're a Chaplin fan just because it is such an early example of his work. If, on the other hand, you're not really into Chaplin so much but just a fan of flicks before the "talkies" fad came along, well, you can safely pass on this one and not miss much.


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