Charlie works on a farm from 4am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee, holding an chicken over the frying pan to get fried eggs). He loves the ... See full summary »
Olive Ann Alcorn
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?
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.
The conflict here is between Charlie the wealthy and alcoholic husband and Charlie the Tramp: the idle rich and the idle poor. In the opening scene wealthy Edna descends from a Pullman car while the Tramp crawls out from under another one. At a fancy masquerade ball Edna's husband appears as a knight whose visor is stuck closed. The Tramp shows up, running from the law, and is mistaken for the husband. Edna finds the new "husband" more to her liking than the real one. When true identities are revealed, a fight breaks out and the Tramp is ejected.Written by
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Charles Chaplin underwent a bit of a creative block prior to making this film. In an attempt to generate some ideas for a new project, Chaplin strolled through the studio's prop building grabbing and playing with various objects. Ultimately, he stumbled upon a set of golf clubs and envisioned his character, the Tramp, playing golf. The incident sparked the creation of this film. See more »
When the father-in-law smacks Charlie's doppelganger in their room, the feather falls off his armor helmet. When the father-in-law pulls him out of the room into the hall, the feather is back on the helmet. See more »
Consistently funny with several really good sequences
A train arrives at the depot with a range of passengers from the rich down to a tramp of few means. One rich woman has asked her husband to collect her at the station but his terrible forgetfulness means he does not. All three of them head to the members-only golf club, although the tramp is not strictly invited. He causes confusion and trouble on the greens, while his more than passing resemblance to the rich woman's husband causes plenty trouble at the masquerade ball that evening.
As part of broadening my cinema experience I spent an afternoon checking in with screenings of a few Chaplin feature films and shorts and The Idle Class was one of the latter. Having just watched A Day's Pleasure and finding it amusing, I expected more of the same from Idle Class but actually this film was much funnier. The plot is not really important until the tramp and husband come together in the final scene and up till then it is just one perfectly timed and choreographed piece of confusion after another. The golf course fights were my favourite but the ball itself is pretty funny. As usual Chaplin's performance is quite brilliant, putting so much into his face and physical comedy that really you never thing words as missing so much as superfluous. The support cast of regulars such as Purviance, Swain, Bergman and a few others all put in solid work with well-exaggerated physical deliveries that compliment the subtle performance from Chaplin.
Overall a real delight. Consistently funny with plenty to laugh about.
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