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The Idle Class (1921)

A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Tramp / Husband (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... Edna, Neglected Wife
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Storyline

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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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HIM AND HIMSELF He's as funny as him as he is as himself. A fun-fable of a minnow that went swimming with gold fish. Poor Fish! (Print Ad- Nashua Telegraph, ((Nashua, NH)) 5 December 1921)

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

25 September 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanity Fair See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Husband: My wife - - and flirting.
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Alcoholic Bliss
27 June 2001 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

A great scene in the film is when the HUSBAND has his back to the screen so you can't tell when he is actually doing. To some it looks like he is crying until he turns around to face the camera. In fact, the drunk HUSBAND is mixing himself a martini in his glass shaker. Just one of many situations where Chaplin plays with the audience.


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