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Twenty Minutes of Love (1914)

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

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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 »

Connections

Remade as In the Park (1915) See more »

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Chaplin tries directing.
10 May 2007 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

In Chaplin's first film as director, he doesn't come flying out of the gates, instantly showing that he will go on to be a great filmmaker. 20 Minutes of Love is not much different from the films that he made in the months before or after, although it is interesting to see one of the first of his mostly improvised films made in a park with some couples and a police officer and little else. Like so many of his other comedies this one turns into little more than a lot of kicking and punching and throwing the entire cast into a lake, but given the amount of short films almost identical to this one that Chaplin cranked out, it is clear that the audiences at the time were having a blast.

The plot itself is even more difficult to follow than they usually are in Chaplin's early work. It involves Charlie wandering around a park and making ridiculously overt passes at women who are sitting on park benches with their boyfriends or husbands, and then there is a stolen watch thrown into the mix and a subsequent conflict involving who owns it and who stole it. Probably the best moment in the film is when Charlie gives the watch away to a pretty girl and then is so proud that he is just beside himself. Pretty amusing, and a lot of the Tramp's characterization also comes through even in this very early film.

It should be noted that you should not expect to find tiny, forgotten gems of masterpiece comedy by looking at Chaplin's early work, because film was an emerging medium and Chaplin himself was an inexperienced filmmaker from any perspective, but unfortunately 20 Minutes of Love, even though it is Chaplin's first film as director and therefore a film-making landmark, is also clearly the work of someone who had little experience in film-making and was still not sure where his career as a filmmaker would take him.


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