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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.


Charles Chaplin




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


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

The Floorwalker (1916) has been restored by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and Lobster Films, from a safety fine grain preserved at The Museum of Modern Art.

Some fragments were added from a nitrate print preserved at Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

Intertitles have been reconstructed according to the original Mutual Film intertitles and documents of the Library of Congress.

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 »


There's only one escalator (going up), with none going down--and no visible stairs to boot. 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 »


Featured in Chaplin's Goliath (1996) See more »

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Charlie in a department store
11 February 2011 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

In this silent short we see Chaplin creating chaos in a department store.He becomes mixed in a scheme of the store manager and the store's floorwalker to embezzle money from the establishment.The Floorwalker (1916) is Charlie Chaplin's first Mutual Film Corporation film.Eric Campbell plays Store manager.Edna Purviance is Manager's secretary.Lloyd Bacon is Assistant manager.Charlotte Mineau plays Beautiful store detective.This is not the best Chaplin short, but it does have its moments.It's most enjoyable to watch Chaplin doing his ballet moves while Campbell chases him in the office.And then there's the mirror gag with Bacon, with whom Charlie bears some likeness.It's similar to what Groucho Marx did in Duck Soup in the 30's.We also get to see a chase down an upward escalator.For Chaplin fans, like myself, this short is one not to be missed.

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Release Date:

15 May 1916 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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