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A Jitney Elopement (1915)

TV-G | | Short, Comedy | 1 April 1915 (USA)
Edna's father wants her to marry wealthy Count He-Ha. Charlie, Edna's true love, impersonates the Count at dinner, but the real Count shows up and Charlie is thrown out. Later on Charlie ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Charles Chaplin ... Suitor - the Fake Count
Edna Purviance ... Edna
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Edna's father wants her to marry wealthy Count He-Ha. Charlie, Edna's true love, impersonates the Count at dinner, but the real Count shows up and Charlie is thrown out. Later on Charlie and Edna are chased by her father, The Count, and three policeman. The pursuers drive off a pier. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie's Elopement See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in I Can Hardly Wait (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

The Jitney Bus
words by Edith Maida Lessing
music by Roy Ingrahm
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first half GOOD, second half BAD
7 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of 5 Chaplin that are on the first DVD of Chaplin's Essanay Comedies. In general, compared to volume 2, the shorts on volume 1 aren't as well-made--because the DVDs are arranged chronologically. Chaplin's skill as a film maker and actor appeared to improve through his stay with Essanay Studios.

The first half of this film consists of Charlie trying to rescue his love from a forced marriage to a rich swell. He impersonates the swell and the film runs smoothly--especially since there is a real plot--something many of the Keystone and early Essanay shorts lack. However, after Charlie's ruse is discovered, the film becomes standard slapstick--with chases and violence, etc. It's like two very different shorts fused together without regard to the whole.


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