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One A.M. (1916)

A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his home after arriving home late at night.

Director:

Charles Chaplin

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Drunk
Albert Austin ... Taxi Driver
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Drunk as a skunk, Charlie arrives home by taxi after a wild night out, only to realise that he has lost his key. Now, as an open window becomes the entrance, practically every single item or piece of furniture--including a possessed Murphy bed--becomes a formidable and insurmountable obstacle standing in his way, and working against him. Can't a man find peace at 1 o'clock in the morning? Written by Nick Riganas

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Charlie will be seen all by himself in a side-splitting NEW 1916 MUTUAL "ONE A.M." See Charlie coming home late and finding things. A Novelty in modern pictures. (Print Ad-The Urbana Democrat,((Urbana, Ohio)) 23 December 1916) See more »

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Comedy | Family | Short

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Trivia

This was the first film that Charles Chaplin starred in alone, except for a brief scene of Albert Austin playing a cab driver. See more »

Goofs

The door to the drunk's bedroom is directly above the front door. As a result there is no ground floor below the bedroom and bathroom. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Drunk: [title card] They should build these handles nearer the door.
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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 22 minutes. See more »

Connections

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

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A Comic Experiment
7 January 2004 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

Chaplin plays a drunk who spends the entire film trying to get into his house and go to bed. In a comedic experiment, Chaplin appears alone in this film, aside from Albert Austin, who briefly appears at the beginning as a cab driver. Chaplin draws the humor from his interaction with various objects around the house, most humorously with a hostile Murphy bed. Is this comic experiment successful? Yes, for the most part. It is a funny short, but, in my opinion, nowhere near his funniest. Still, one must admire Chaplin's boldness. When one watches this film, one sees a talented film maker testing the limits of skills. Bravo.


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Country:

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Release Date:

7 August 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Solo See more »

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Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

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| (TCM print) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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