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Twenty Minutes of Love (1914)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 20 April 1914 (USA)
Charlie is hanging around in the park, finding problems with a jealous suitor, a man who thinks that Charlie has robbed him a watch, a policeman and even a little boy, all because our friend can't stop snooping.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Pickpocket
Minta Durfee Minta Durfee ... Edgar's Girl
Edgar Kennedy ... Lover
Gordon Griffith ... Boy
Chester Conklin ... Pickpocket
Josef Swickard ... Pickpocket's Victim
Hank Mann ... Sleeper
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Storyline

Charlie is amidst a number of loving couples in the park. He parodies one couple by embracing a tree. A girl asks her beau for a love token. The beau steals a pocket watch from a sleeping man, Charlie gets it away from him and gives it to the girl. He later gets it back and tries to sell it to his original owner who calls a policeman. Many park visitors wind up getting tossed into the lake. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cops and Watches 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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Trivia

First movie Charles Chaplin both wrote and directed. Studio head, Mack Sennett, allowed Chaplin to take on these responsibilities on the condition that the actor would personal cover any financial losses should the film flop. As it turned, the film was a success and Chaplin's future as a filmmaker was assured. See more »

Alternate Versions

A French reissue version (which is available on DVD in North America) runs only 10 minutes, though it retains the "Twenty Minutes of Love" title. See more »

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Remade as In the Park (1915) See more »

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importance of 20 minutes of love
10 April 2006 | by macestelleSee all my reviews

hello. 20 minutes of love is very important as it was chaplins first time directing. for that reason alone is enough to make it historic. true, it is not classic chaplin. true, it is not a great comedy. not even for that era. but if you think that chaplin could, as he said something to the effect of give me a park, a pretty girl, and a cop and i can make a movie. well that is what he did. i feel it is so interesting to be able to watch is film acting and directing in it's infancy, and see how he progressed through the years. not many artists work can be seen in such an early stage as chaplins. i think i'll go watch it now. mac estelle


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