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Pay Day (1922)

TV-G | | Comedy, Short | 2 April 1922 (USA)
After a difficult day at work, a bricklayer tries to enjoy his pay day without his wife knowing.

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Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Laborer (as Charlie Chaplin)
Phyllis Allen Phyllis Allen ... His Wife
Mack Swain ... Foreman
Edna Purviance ... Foreman's Daughter
Syd Chaplin ... Charlie's Friend and Lunch Cart Owner
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Workman
John Rand John Rand ... Workman
Loyal Underwood ... Workman
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Drinking Companion
Al Ernest Garcia ... Drinking Companion and Policeman
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Storyline

Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. As he leaves work his wife takes the pay he has hidden in his hat. But he steals her purse so he can go out for the evening. He has a terrible time getting home on a very rainy night. When he does so he finds his wife waiting for him with a rolling pin. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fizetés napja See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$129,550, 31 December 1922
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly Charles Chaplin's favorite among his own short films. See more »

Quotes

Foreman: [the Laborer's digging up tiny bunches of dirt] You're working by the hour, not the ounce!
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Featured in Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003) See more »

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extremely well choreographed stunts and interesting throughout
3 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film has some highly imaginative and well-timed stunts--all revolving around Charlie's job at a construction site. All the near-falls and accidents remind me of Sweet Pea from POPEYE cartoons--as the baby is nearly killed again and again but miraculously escapes. In Chaplin's case, it involved a funny sequence when he ALMOST falls down an elevator many times, dropping objects accidentally on those below and a really interesting sight gag involving guys throwing bricks up to Charlie who catches this with complete ease (it was done by running the film backwards). Later, Charlie's hideous and scary wife is introduced and it goes from a work comedy to a domestic one. In a way, this was a minor disappointment, as I preferred the faster paced work stunts, but all-in-all this is a funny and well executed short.


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