7.3/10
2,751
22 user 9 critic

The Cure (1917)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy | 16 April 1917 (USA)
An alcoholic checks into a health spa and his antics promptly throw the establishment into chaos.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Adventurer I (1917)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Little Tramp escapes from prison; saves a girl and her mother from drowning; and creates havoc at a swank party.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
Easy Street (1917)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Rink (1916)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After causing restaurant chaos at work, a bumbling waiter tears up the local roller rink with his skating.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, James T. Kelley
The Pawnshop (1916)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Henry Bergman, Edna Purviance
The Immigrant (1917)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Vagabond (1916)
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Charlie, the emotional violinist, flees to a gipsy camp, only to find himself playing for an abducted girl. Soon, a unique birthmark will pave the way for an unexpected rescue and a marvellous new life. But, will she forget him so easily?

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Count (1916)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Fireman (1916)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Tramp is tricked into impersonating an embezzling floorwalker in a department store.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance
The Tramp (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Little Fellow finds the girl of his dreams and work on a family farm.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Lloyd Bacon
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A father takes his family for an outing, which turns out to be a ridiculous trial.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, C. Allen
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Inebriate (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... The Girl
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... The Man with the Gout
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Masseur
John Rand John Rand ... Sanitarium Attendant
James T. Kelley ... Sanitarium Attendant
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Sanitarium Attendant
Frank J. Coleman Frank J. Coleman ... Head of Sanitarium
Edit

Storyline

Charlie goes to a spa to dry out, but he takes a trunk of liquor with him. He tangles with another's gouty foot in a revolving door. Later he thinks the gouty man is making love signs to him (he doesn't Edna, the real object of the man's efforts), so he signs back. He interpets a massage to be a wrestling match. When management throws his liquor into the fountain, when flow the healthful waters, everyone gets drunk. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Water Cure See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Outtakes show that the original premise was to have Charles Chaplin play one of the employees at the clinic, but switched the roles with John Rand (who was to play the inebriate) after an uninspired performance. Chaplin himself specialized in drunken characters in the English music hall where he grew up. See more »

Goofs

When the Man With the Gout (Eric Campbell) falls into the spa well and struggles underwater, it is a stunt man that is struggling. Eric Campbell is one of the people who pull the stunt man out. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
The Inebriate: [closing title card] Forgive me! That well was full of liquor! Please don't.
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 »

Connections

Featured in Heaven Before I Die (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Reminiscences of Charlie's Vaudeville days...
13 September 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

In "The Cure", one of those 12 marvelous shorts he made during his time at Mutual Films, Charlie Chaplin turns away for once again from his 'little tramp' image that had already become his 'trademark', and returns to a role he'd played LOTS of times back in England in his theater days: that of the wealthy drunkard. And of course, not only his great experience in this field, but also all the HILARIOUSLY funny ideas he fits into those two reels of sheer, GREAT comedy, provides today's audience with JUST the same amount of laughter as it did 100 years ago - Chaplin's films NEVER 'age'...

So our tipsy 'gentleman' arrives at the sanitarium, where he's supposed to get used to drinking water instead of whiskey; he makes us ROAR with laughter with the unbelievable things he does with the revolving entrance door, he flirts with Edna Purviance, just like huge Eric Campbell does (and for a short while, Charlie actually thinks it's HIM who's Campbell's love interest!), turns the massage by Henry Bergman into a wrestling match... While at the same time, the porter starts emptying the liquor bottles Charlie's brought along with him just in case - but that's not all: he throws the remainders of the bottles out of the window right into the sanitarium's water well...

In short: "The Cure" is certainly one of the VERY best silent comedy shorts; and so it's not only a REAL treat for Chaplin fans, but also an IDEAL way for today's audiences, both grown-ups and kids, to discover the magic world of silent movies!


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed