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The Professor (1919)

| Comedy, Short
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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Charles Chaplin ... Professor Bosco
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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

Language:

English

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$1,000 (estimated)
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The flea-circus routine in Chaplin's later feature Limelight was re-worked from a scene in this film. See more »

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Edited into Unknown Chaplin (1983) See more »

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Older Chaplin
12 April 2006 | by mehmetmutluozdemirSee all my reviews

Chaplin looks old in this movie. Even it is not completed this film can be seen in Limelight DVD set. In Chaplin's human drama masterpiece Limelight, Calvero the tramp comedian performs several acts, one of those is the "performing fleas" act. This act was performed by Chaplin originally in this movie "The Professor". Chaplin was related to whole music hall life, vaudeville, singing, Harlequinade and circus. In limelight (which is highly autobiographical) Chaplin is in all. The Professor is I think a quite artistic film. Chaplin is not the usual tramp in this film. He is a flea trainer. There is a scene similar to the scene in The Kid, Chaplin rents a bed just in the same place he does in the kid. And performs his great flea act in this film. I wander why he stopped making this film.


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