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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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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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The Jitney Bus
words by Edith Maida Lessing
music by Roy Ingrahm
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Knockabout elopement
7 June 2018 | by See 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, 'A Jitney Elopement' is not one of his very best or even among the best of this particular period. 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 'In the Park'.

'The Jitney Elopement' is not one of his all-time funniest or most memorable, other efforts also have more pathos and a balance of that and the comedy. The story is still a little flimsy and is also rather disjointed with tonally it feeling like two different films, the second half being rather too frenetic on the whole.

On the other hand, 'A Jitney Elopement' looks pretty good, not incredible but it was obvious that Chaplin was taking more time with his work (even when deadlines were still tight) and not churning out as many 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 funniest or original, 'A Jitney Elopement' is still very entertaining with some clever, entertaining and well-timed slapstick. It moves quickly and there is no dullness in sight.

It is notable, as mentioned, for Chaplin's musical instrument playing, Edna in knockabout comedy mode (not seen before) and the exciting car chase sequence (a first for Chaplin).

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 of the role. The supporting cast acquit themselves well, with charming Edna Purviance.

Summing up, worth a look though Chaplin did better. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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