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The Professor (1919)

Professor Bosco, a poor flea trainer, rents a bed in a flophouse. Before going to bed, he rallies his troops and once he has made sure his beloved fleas are settled for the night, the ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin
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Professor Bosco, a poor flea trainer, rents a bed in a flophouse. Before going to bed, he rallies his troops and once he has made sure his beloved fleas are settled for the night, the professor prepares to sleep the sleep of the just man. Unfortunately he accidentally knocks the box off his bed and the fleas have the time of their lives pestering Bosco's neighbors. To get the escapees back in their box again, the trainer resorts to... his whip! All is back to normal one more time. But not for long, as a stray dog enters the flophouse and very unwisely opens the box, thus creating new havoc. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

USA

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English

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Budget:

$1,000 (estimated)
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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This short was never released or even completed. Charles Chaplin abandoned production after completing only one scene. See more »

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Referenced in Limelight (1952) See more »

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Even though it's incomplete, it's worth seeing.
22 February 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you want to see this unfinished Chaplin film, then get a hold of the DVD for "Limelight" (1952)--a wonderful drama Chaplin made late in life. Why Chaplin never got around to finishing it, I have no idea--but he did incorporate some of the ideas in "The Professor" in "Limelight".

The film begins without credits. Chaplin is almost unrecognizable in a new non-Tramp persona. He looks a bit swarthy and has an exaggerated mustache and mop-like hair. You sure can see some of the Little Tramp in his walk and mannerisms, though. He goes to sleep the night at a flophouse--along with his act, his flea circus. When the fleas accidentally escape, all finds of comedic reactions occur.

It's really a shame this was not completed--it is funny and clever. Perhaps Chaplin or his financers were uncomfortable with his new character or didn't' want to mess with the tried and true formula.


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