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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 »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost a Gentleman See more »

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Lone Star Corporation See more »
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(TCM print) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was restored in 2013 through the Chaplin Mutual Project thanks to the financial support of The George Lucas Family Foundation, The Film Foundation and The Material World Charitable Foundation. 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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Nice Short Chaplin
4 April 2004 | by TheOtherFoolSee all my reviews

Another one of those mistaken-identities and chased-by-the-cops Chaplin short, but hell, that's always funny!

The story starts of with Charlie working in a tailor-shop. Great gags there while measuring a woman and destroying a jacket. Because he screws up he gets fired.

Him and Campbell both attend to the party of Edna's 20th birthday, while actually a count was invited. When exposed, Charlie gets chased around the place and finally leaves into the distant.

Pretty funny stuff from the master of slapstick. Not his best, but not his worst either. And a mediocre Chaplin still is way better than an average movie...

7/10.


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