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Behind the Screen (1916)

Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Goliath - a Stagehand
Charles Chaplin ... David - His Assistant
Edna Purviance ... The Girl
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Storyline

Three movies are being shot simultaneously and Charlie is an overworked scene shifter. The foreman is waited on hand and foot until all the shifters but Charlie go on strike. A girl looking for work pretends to be a man and helps Charlie. Charlie discovers her gender and falls in love with her. The foreman thinks they are homosexual and in the ensuing fight they become involved in a long pie throwing scene from one of the movies in production. The frustrated workers dynamite the studio. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pride of Hollywood See more »

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Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

From all Charles Chaplin's movies with Edna Purviance (more than 20), this is the only movie in which he kisses her more than once. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: Can I be an actress, please?
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Alternate Versions

Kino International distributes a set of videos containing all the 12 Mutual short films made by Chaplin in 1915 - 1917. They are presented by David Shepard, who copyrighted the versions in 1984, and has a music soundtrack composed and performed by Michael Mortilla who copyrighted his score in 1989. The running time of this film is 23 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003) See more »

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Great for Some Laughs
22 March 2010 | by brando647See all my reviews

From 1916, this is one of Charlie Chaplin's more entertaining short films in my opinion. Chaplin is a stage assistant named David, who works under the oppressive Goliath. Problems arise when the other stage hands go on strike, leaving the work for David while Goliath torments him. One reason this film appeals to me is that, not only go you get Chaplin's usual funny schtick, but you also get a glimpse into a film studio of the time. I love seeing the simplicity of the studio sets, the single boxy film camera, and even the use of a trap door for one hilarious bit. I always love the back-and-forth between Chaplin and frequent collaborator Eric Campbell and this is one of their better shows. For that extra chuckle, the film even includes a pie fight in the finale. You can't go wrong with one of Chaplin's funnier early efforts such as BEHIND THE SCREEN.


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