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The Bank (1915)

TV-G | | Comedy, Short | 9 August 1915 (USA)
Charlie does everything but an efficient job as janitor. Edna buys her fiance, the cashier, a birthday present. Charlie thinks "To Charles with Love" is for him. He presents her a rose ... See full summary »


Charles Chaplin (uncredited)




Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Janitor
Edna Purviance ... Stenographer
Billy Armstrong ... Another Janitor
Carl Stockdale ... Cashier
Charles Inslee ... Bank President (as Charles Insley)


Charlie does everything but an efficient job as janitor. Edna buys her fiance, the cashier, a birthday present. Charlie thinks "To Charles with Love" is for him. He presents her a rose which she throws in the garbage. Depressed, Charlie dreams of a bank robbery and his heroic role in saving the manager and Edna ... but it is only a dream. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short


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Restoration work was carried out at Lobster Films laboratory in 2014. Scanned at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.

The Bank (1915) has been restored by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and Lobster Films in collaboration with Film Preservation Associates, from a safety fine grain preserved at The Museum of Modern Art and the original camera negative preserved at UCLA film archives.

Some fragments were added from two nitrate prints preserved at the Library of Congress and the Cinemathèque Royale de Belgique. The last 45'' survive only in a 16mm in a vintage di-acetate Kodascope print, preserved in the Don Bursik collection.

Intertitles are reconstructed from re-release titles of 1920s found in both 35mm and Kodascope Libraries 16mm original elements. See more »


Edited into Chase Me Charlie (1918) See more »

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The bank job
8 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.

From his Essanay period after leaving Keystone, 'The Bank is not one of his very best but is one of his best early efforts and among the better short films of his. It shows a noticeable step up in quality though from his Keystone period, where he was still evolving and in the infancy of his long career, from 1914, The Essanay period is something of Chaplin's adolescence period where his style had been found and starting to settle. Something that can be seen in the more than worthwhile 'The Bank'.

The story is still a little flimsy, there are times where it struggles to sustain the short length, and could have had more variety.

On the other hand, 'The Bank' looks pretty good, not incredible but it was obvious that Chaplin was taking more time with his work and not churning out countless shorts in the same year of very variable success like he did with Keystone. Appreciate the importance of his Keystone period and there is some good stuff he did there, but the more mature and careful quality seen here and later on is obvious.

While not one of his most hilarious or touching, 'The Bank' is still very funny with some clever, entertaining and well-timed slapstick and is one of his first to have substance and pathos. It moves quickly and there is no dullness in sight.

Chaplin directs more than competently, if not quite cinematic genius standard yet. He also, as usual, gives an amusing and expressive performance and at clear ease with the physicality and substance of the role. The supporting cast acquit themselves well.

In summary, very good and one of the best from Chaplin's Essanay period. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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