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His New Job (1915)

Charlie is trying to get a job in a movie. After causing difficulty on the set he is told to help the carpenter. When one of the actors doesn't show, Charlie is given a chance to act but ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Charlie is trying to get a job in a movie. After causing difficulty on the set he is told to help the carpenter. When one of the actors doesn't show, Charlie is given a chance to act but instead enters a dice game. When he does finally act he ruins the scene, wrecks the set and tears the skirt from the star. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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slapstick comedy | hollywood | See All (2) »

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ARE YOU THERE CHARLIE? See more »

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie's New Job See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The was the first film on which Charles Chaplin received screen credit. On all his previous comedies for Keystone he was not credited (though credits would be added to later reissues of those films). See more »

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A taped "X" on Ben Turpin's neck, used by Charlie to strike a match against, disappears when the gag is over. See more »

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Featured in The Funniest Man in the World (1967) See more »

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Pretty Good, & A Noticeable Step Up from Chaplin's Earlier Features
30 March 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Besides being pretty good in itself, "His New Job" is also interesting in that it is a clear improvement over the previous features that Charlie Chaplin had made when he was with Keystone Studies. While the Keystone features were not bad, and often contained some excellent material, overall they generally gave the appearance of having been thrown together quickly, which often left a lot of unrealized potential in some of their ideas and themes. And, while these Essanay features themselves were usually not quite as good as his later Mutual features, they did give Chaplin a chance to perform quite a few kinds of material, and most of them are well worth seeing.

In this one, Charlie's character is competing with some other hopefuls who are trying to break into the movies. Ben Turpin and Charlie have quite a few scenes together, and although their scenes are primarily knockabout slapstick, they do work well as a team. The action takes place in several settings, and on average it is fairly creative in its use of the settings and props. Most of the gags come off all right, and overall the feature works pretty well.


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