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The New Janitor (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 24 September 1914 (USA)
Charlie is janitor for a firm the manager of which receives a threatening note about his gambling debts. He throws a bucket of water out the window which lands on his boss and costs him his... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Janitor
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Villainous Manager
Al St. John ... Elevator Boy
Glen Cavender ... Luke Connor - Gambler
Jess Dandy Jess Dandy ... Bank President
Frank Hayes ... Accountant
Peggy Page Peggy Page ... Secretary
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Charlie is janitor for a firm the manager of which receives a threatening note about his gambling debts. He throws a bucket of water out the window which lands on his boss and costs him his job. The boss, attempting to steal the money heeds from the office safe, is caught by his secretary and Charlie comes to save her and the money. He is briefly accused of being the thief but ultimately triumphs. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carlitos Porteiro See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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During the making of this film, Chaplin discovered that he had a talent of injecting real emotional power into his work. That proved plain when an observing actress began weeping during shooting at the pathos of a scene where the fired janitor is pleading with his boss to get his job back. See more »

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Charlie as a janitor
2 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, have been for over a decade now. Many films and shorts of his are very good to masterpiece, and like many others consider him a comedy genius and one of film's most important and influential directors.

He did do better than 'The New Janitor', still made relatively early on in his career, generally a period where he was still finding his feet and not fully formed what he became famous for (though he is definitely more settled feeling here). Can understand why the Keystone period suffered from not being as best remembered or highly remembered than his later efforts, but they are mainly decent and important in their own right. 'The New Janitor' has a lot of nice things about it and is to me one of the best efforts in the 1914 Keystone batch.

'The New Janitor' is one of his funniest and most charming efforts from this period. Sure the production values not as audacious. Appreciated the busier and more complex story than before, though occasionally it was a bit hard to follow. 'The New Janitor' for early Chaplin is very good and it showed that Chaplin was starting to settle.

While not audacious, the film hardly looks ugly, is more than competently directed and is appealingly played. Chaplin looks comfortable, with more shades than before of his distinctive style here, and shows his stage expertise while opening it up that it doesn't become stagy or repetitive shtick. There is more sympathy and emotion than before.

Although the humour, charm and emotion was done even better and became more refined later, 'The New Janitor' is still very funny, cute and hard to dislike. It moves quickly and doesn't feel too long or short.

In conclusion, very good for early Chaplin. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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