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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.

Director:

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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Connections

Follows Experiment No. 2 (1919) See more »

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Just for Laughs
23 September 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

Said to be Chaplin's favorite of his short films, Pay Day is a quick, yet funny story of the Tramp and his Pay Day. Showing up to the job late, complaining about his wage, and then having to deal with his scary wife is just the first half of the movie. The night spent out on the town, drinking his problems away and then trying ever so hard to catch the train home is the second half. The physical comedy in Pay day is pure Chaplin. Catching the bricks, the escapades with the elevator and the mob to ride the train are segments that are unique and very funny. Still, Pay Day is not you average Chaplin film. There are moments in the movie that are just there to make you laugh. More of a joke filled story that an actual story with a beginning, middle and an end, Pay Day is a no holds bar comedy with the object to make the audience laugh. And it does.


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