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The Floorwalker (1916)

TV-G | | Short, Comedy | 15 May 1916 (USA)
The Tramp is tricked into impersonating an embezzling floorwalker in a department store.

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Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Impecuneous Customer
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Store Manager
Edna Purviance ... Secretary
Lloyd Bacon ... Floorwalker
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Shop Assistant
Charlotte Mineau Charlotte Mineau ... Store Detective
Leo White ... Elegant Customer
James T. Kelley ... Lift Boy
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Storyline

After causing havoc on the sales floor Charlie goes to the office floor. There he runs into the store inspector (who looks exactly like him) who has just robbed the safe and knocked out the manager. Charlie thinks he is in front of a mirror till he notices he holds a stock and his "image" the bag of loot. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shop See more »

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Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2013) (restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was noted for the first "running staircase" (escalator) used in films. See more »

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 24 minutes. See more »

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Has Some Very Good Moments
28 November 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

There are some good moments in "The Floorwalker" that make up for the more routine parts. Chaplin gets good mileage out of an identity mix-up - a theme he always liked - and he also has some good slapstick moments with Eric Campbell, one of his best supporting actors. The plot is mostly goofy, serving mainly as an excuse to allow the characters to chase each other around the store. Overall, it's about average for a Chaplin short feature, which makes it pretty good by most other standards.


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