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The Count (1916)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy | 4 September 1916 (USA)
Charlie burns a count's trousers while ironing them and is fired. The tailor finds an invitation to dinner at Miss Moneybags and goes in place of the count. Charlie goes to the kitchen of ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Campbell ... The Tailor
Charles Chaplin ... His Assistant (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... Miss Moneybags
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Storyline

Charlie burns a count's trousers while ironing them and is fired. The tailor finds an invitation to dinner at Miss Moneybags and goes in place of the count. Charlie goes to the kitchen of the same house; he is attracted to the cook, and so are the butler and a policeman. Once discovered by the tailor-count, Charlie must pretend to be the count's secretary. The real count shows up. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Restoration work was carried out at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in 2013.

The Count (1916) has been restored by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and Lobster Films, from a nitrate print in the Lobster Films Collection.

Some fragments were added from a nitrate dupe negative preserved at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, a safety fine grain preserved at Cinémathèque française and a nitrate dupe negative from the Blackhawk Film Collection preserved at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Intertitles have been reconstructed according to the original Mutual Film intertitles reconstructed by Film Preservation Associates and based on 1920s reissue prints.

The surviving elements come from two different negatives. Negative A was restored whenever possible while negative B was used to reconstruct missing or severely damaged shots. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kino International distributes a set of videos containing all the 12 Mutual short films made by Chaplin in 1916 - 1917. They are presented by David H. Shepard, who copyrighted the versions in 1984, and have a music soundtrack composed and performed by Michael D. Mortilla, who copyrighted his score in 1989. The running time of this film is 24 minutes. See more »

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Funny as hell
28 January 2005 | by luciferjohnsonSee all my reviews

Charlie and Eric Campbell are in top form is this very amusing short. Charlie plays a tailor's assistant and Campbell is his boss. They wind up by coincidence (!) at the same rich lady's party, where both compete for the daughter Miss Moneybags, played by Edna Purviance.

The plot is, of course, completely ridiculous, and the whole thing is totally silly and contrived--which is just how it should be. The highlight is a hilarious dance sequence, with Charlie at his acrobatic best. There is a lot of cake-throwing and bottom-kicking. The latter is such a standard device in Chaplin movies that I wonder if there might have been some kind of underlying S&M thing going on here.

Not one of his best, but standard Charlie is Grade A stuff. Still very very funny.


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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

4 September 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost a Gentleman See more »

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Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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