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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 »

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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Short | Comedy

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A Jitney Elopement (1915) has been restored by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and Lobster Films in collaboration with Film Preservation Associates, from a nitrate fine grain preserved at The Museum of Modern Art and a nitrate print preserved at the Cinemathèque Royale de Belgique.

Intertitles have been reconstructed from re-release titles of 1920's found in both 35mm and Kodascope 16mm original elements.

Scanned at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. See more »

Connections

Featured in Silent Clowns: Charlie Chaplin (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Jitney Bus
words by Edith Maida Lessing
music by Roy Ingrahm
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San Francisco's First Cinematic Chase Scene!
7 August 2020 | by meddlecoreSee all my reviews

In this film, Charlie Chaplin must break up an undesired arranged marriage for his beloved girlfriend in San Francisco.

Her father wants her to marry a well-to-do count who has requested he make the arrangement for them.

However, she is attracted to Charlie's wit and antics, and asks him to be her knight in shining armour, by whisking her away from this unhappy fate.

At first, Charlie pretends to be the count, wooing both her and her father in the process...that is, until the count shows up and exposes his attempted con.

Run out of the house, Charlie must resort to his back up plan...which involves stealing her away from the count when they go to visit Golden Gate Park.

He puts his plan into action, and it results in a hilarious slapstick chase, as the count, her father and a couple police officers who get caught up in the ordeal, begin to pursue the two lovers as they try to escape through the park.

Culminating with the first filmed car chase sequence in the history of San Francisco...beginning, first, on the speedway, in front of the iconic windmill, and eventually ending up on the Great Highway.

All in all, it's a simple, yet effective, silent romantic comedy...and one of the first films shot in San Francisco, which would later become an iconic filming location for many films to come.

A bit of a prcedent setter, one might argue.

6 out of 10.


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1 April 1915 (USA) See more »

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Charlie's Elopement See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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