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Easy Street (1917)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy | 22 January 1917 (USA)
A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Derelict (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... The Mission Worker
Eric Campbell ... The Bully
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Storyline

When Charlie the Tramp wanders into a mission he is smitten by Edna and puts back the collection box which he has taken. Reformed, he becomes a policeman and is assigned to rough-and-tumble Easy Street. Unable to trick or beat Eric the Tough, he puts Eric's head in a gas pipe and anesthetizes him. A hero, he now helps many poor people living on Easy Street. Eric escapes jail, Edna is kidnapped, but Charlie (recharged after sitting on a doper's needle) conquers all. Easy Street is transformed as is Eric. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Easy Street See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored) | (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The lamppost used in the famous scene between Charles Chaplin and Eric Campbell fell on Chaplin during filming, requiring his hospitalization. See more »

Goofs

When the Bully is knocked out by the gas, his feet are towards the camera. In the next scene his head is towards the camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chief of Police: [title card] Your beat is Easy Street.
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Alternate Versions

State censors at the time removed the scene with the man injecting himself with cocaine. In addition, The Derelict's energetic, drug-induced, beating of all the thugs was shortened. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Charlie Chaplin Festival (1941) See more »

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The tramp as a police officer!
4 April 2004 | by TheOtherFoolSee all my reviews

The tramp needs money to get around, and first tries to steal it from the Mission. But then he decides to actually do something with his life, gives back the money and becomes a police officer. He takes on the big villain and makes everything right again in the neighbourhood.

As stated before on this pages, this is an early try from Chaplin to make some social points on this one. The athmosphere is a lot darker than his other shorts, with the fighting a bit heavier (we see Campbell actually throwing a police officer against some other), and the appearance of what seems to be a drug addict.

It sure isn't my favourite Chaplin short, though there are some funny moments. I'm a bit surprised it gets so much praise (and a high grade) on these pages. For real classics (in my very, very humble opinion) watch The Aventurer, Pay Day or The Tramp instead.

6/10.


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