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A Night in the Show (1915)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 20 November 1915 (USA)
Mr. Pest tries several theatre seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor. He is thrown out. In the lobby he pushes a fat lady into a fountain and returns to sit down by... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Charles Chaplin ... Mr. Pest / Mr. Rowdy - in the Balcony
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Mr. Pest tries several theatre seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor. He is thrown out. In the lobby he pushes a fat lady into a fountain and returns to sit down by Edna. Mr. Rowdy, in the gallery, pours beer down on Mr. Pest and Edna. He attacks patrons, a harem dancer, the singers Dot and Dash, and a fire-eater. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Night at the Show See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a famous comedy act called "Mummingbirds" in which Charles Chaplin starred when he was a player with The Karno Company in England. See more »

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After fighting with the fat lady in the fountain, Mr. Pest's clothes are wet, but upon returning to his seat, they have instantly dried up. See more »

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Featured in Chaplin Today: The Circus (2003) See more »

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Vaudeville on Film
4 November 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

I could be wrong, but I believe this early Chaplin comedy was based on one of his music hall sketches for Fred Karno (and for which a young Stan Laurel served as understudy). Chaplin plays two characters in this one: Mr Pest and Mr Rowdy, both of whom create chaos in a theatre. One of them (I forget which) is dressed in an evening suit, suggesting a character of some breeding, while the other is sat high up in the cheap seats. There's only a few scattered laughs in this one, and quite a bit less physical and slapstick comedy than you'd expect from the little man. Chaplin makes a convincing lush, however, and is barely recognisable as the guy in the cheap seats..


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