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Easy Street (1917)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy | 3 February 1917 (USA)
A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.


Charles Chaplin (uncredited)




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


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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Short | Comedy


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Did You Know?


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


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 »


[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 »


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

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As Complete As It Could Be
27 April 2007 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

This is as complete a 2 reeler (each reel was about 10 minutes in the old days) as you can get in a silent film. Charlie Chaplin is really in character & in stride in this movie.

The setting of the plot in the mission & on a poor neighborhood street is drawn from Chaplin's own childhood. The bully was too, although he was probably a composite of those who mistreated Chaplin as a child. The tramp becoming a hero is no better done than in this story.

The film not only has excellent comedy, but manages to pull a little on the heart strings without getting too emotional. Edna Purviance provides an excellent female lead. Eric Campbell plays the giant bully very well too. Charlie is in great form too.

If your into checking out 2 reel comedies,I highly recommend this film. This is one that made 2 reeler's an art form during this era of silent films.

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Release Date:

3 February 1917 (USA) See more »

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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