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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 »

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

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

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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The film was restored in 2014 through the Chaplin Essanay Project thanks to the financial support of Susan Harmon and Richard Meyer. See more »

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Featured in Sosialismi (2014) See more »

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The Bank
6 February 2008 | by baxman25See all my reviews

"The Bank" (1915, Chaplin) "The Bank" was one of Charlie's 1915 Essanay films. While these group of films are more watchable than their 1914 counterparts, this one seems a bit below average. The gag with the janitorial double combo-locked vault and the tough-luck ending that has Charlie waking up from a dream, in which he is stroking the lead lady's hair, only to be stroking the head of a mop he had used as a quasi pillow, are both classic Chaplin moments. They are both ironically the beginning and the end. The middle is filled in with fighting with the rival co-worker janitor and busting up a bank robbery to win the girl. The mop is probably the greatest physical prop of this movie and Charlie uses it to expert comedic effect whether while it is the intention of his character or not. The mop seems to be Charlie's alter-ego doing things he wishes he could do but wouldn't with his own two hands. Interesting stuff but there's better.


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Country:

USA

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None | English

Release Date:

9 August 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie in the Bank See more »

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Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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