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The Star Boarder (1914)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 4 April 1914 (USA)
A brat's magic lantern show exposes an indiscreet moment between a landlady and her star boarder.

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... The Star Boarder
Minta Durfee ... Landlady
... Landlady's Husband
... The Son
Alice Davenport ... Landlady's Friend
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Charlie stays at a boarding-house, where he is the landlady's favorite. Her husband grows jealous when observing this. Their little son has a camera. He happens to take some photos of his mother and Charlie in situations which are innocent but look indecent. He also takes a photo of his father and a female boarding-guest in a similar situation. In the evening the boy arranges a slide show in the boarding-house. Suddenly also the equivocal photos of his parents appear on the screen. His jealous father gets furious and starts chasing Charlie. Soon all the boarding-guests are involved in the fight. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Early Chaplin
8 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Star Boarder, The (1914)

** (out of 4)

Lower Keystone short features Charles Chaplin playing the landlady's pet, which doesn't sit too well with the other tenants and it certainly doesn't go over well with the woman's jealous husband. While this film doesn't really work it at least features a couple funny sequences with Chaplin doing his magic. Even though we still don't see the Chaplin the world would end up loving, these early shorts at least show him growing as an artist. One of the better scenes in the film is when Chaplin is trying to learn how to play tennis. The facial expressions of anger are quite funny as is another scene where Chaplin notices the woman's husband is standing behind him yet he tries to play dumb as if he didn't see the husband. The rest of the film is pretty weak without too many laughs, although the ending is a pretty nice kicker.


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