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A Submarine Pirate (1915)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 26 December 1915 (USA)
An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral's uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself.


Mack Sennett




Cast overview:
Syd Chaplin ... A Waiter
Phyllis Allen Phyllis Allen ... A Militant Guest
Glen Cavender ... A Shrewd Inventor / Ship Captain
Wesley Ruggles ... Inventor's Accomplice / Sub Officer
Josh Binney Josh Binney ... Hotel Manager (as Harold J. Binney)


A witless waiter working in a hotel restaurant often causes problems for the other staff members of the restaurant, his manager, and the customers. One day, an inventor and his associate dine in the restaurant and is served by the waiter. Gaining access via a submarine moored offshore with its ready crew, the inventor and his associate plan to rob a passenger steamer of a large shipment of gold on board. As they seem so secretive, the waiter devises a system of listening in on their conversation without being detected. As such, the waiter learns their plans to rob the steamer. Using a naval disguise, the waiter plans to take their place first on the submarine so that he can rob the steamer himself. Even with the help of the submarine's crew - or in spite of it - the waiter finds that stealing the gold and getting away scot-free isn't as straightforward as he anticipated. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short


Not Rated






Release Date:

26 December 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Submarine Story See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not Too Many Laughs but It's Interesting
17 September 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Submarine Pirate (1915)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A dimwitted waiter (Syd Chaplin) overhears a couple men talking about using a submarine to rob a ship carrying gold so he decides to buy an outfit and get on board the sub to try and do the thing himself. A SUBMARINE PIRATE really doesn't work too well as a comedy but I think film buffs are going to be entertained simply by how much this thing tries to do. This was Mack Sennett's first film for Triange Pictures so perhaps this explains why this seems to have a much bigger budget and more plot than the type of films he was turning out at Keystone. For 1915 this has a pretty detailed plot as we get all sorts of stuff going on but the most shocking thing is that this appeared to have been shot on a real sub. I thought some of these scenes were really brought to life by Chaplin including one where we see him running around on the front of the sub. We also get a few moments in the sub, which might not be funny but it's still interesting to see. Chaplin, as you'd expect, works best early on when he's playing the moron waiter and I think we get some funny jokes here including one bit where he pretty much has everything that belongs on the table in his pants and coat. At 24-minutes the film doesn't have enough laughs to make it a complete success but film buffs should enjoy it.

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