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Police

Poster for the movie "Police"

Charlie is released from prison and immediately swindled by a fake parson. A fellow ex-convict convinces Charlie to help burglarize a house.

Getting Acquainted

Poster for the movie "Getting Acquainted"

Charlie and his wife are walking in the park when they encounter Ambrose and his wife where they become attracted to each other’s wife and start chasing them around the park. A policeman out looking for a masher also becomes involved.

Cruel, Cruel Love

Poster for the movie "Cruel, Cruel Love"

This early Chaplin film has him playing a character quite different from the Tramp for which he would become famous. He is a rich, upper-class gentleman whose romance is endangered when his girlfriend oversees him being embraced by a maid. Chaplin’s romantic interest in this film, Minta Durfee, was the wife of fellow Keystone actor, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.

By the Sea

Poster for the movie "By the Sea"

It is windy at a bathing resort. After fighting with one of the two husbands, Charlie approaches Edna while the two husbands themselves fight over ice cream. Driven away by her husband, Charlie turns to the other’s wife.

Dough and Dynamite

Poster for the movie "Dough and Dynamite"

Chaplin and Conklin are working as waiters at a restaurant where the cooks go on strike. When the two are forced to work as bakers, the striking cooks put dynamite in the dough, with explosive results.

Gentlemen of Nerve

Poster for the movie "Gentlemen of Nerve"

Mabel and her beau go to an auto race and are joined by Charlie and his friend. As Charlie’s friend is attempting to enter the raceway through a hole, the friend gets stuck and a policeman shows up.

Caught in the Rain

Poster for the movie "Caught in the Rain"

When a married couple become separated in the park, Charlie takes up with the lady and is beat up when her husband rejoins her. He takes a room in their hotel, and she sleepwalks into his room so that when her husband returns from his walk he must go out again to look for her. Charlie returns the lady to her room but must climb out onto the window ledge in a downpour.

Caught in a Cabaret

Poster for the movie "Caught in a Cabaret"

Charlie is a clumsy waiter in a cheap cabaret, suffering the strict orders from his boss. He’ll meet a pretty girl in the park, pretending to be a fancy ambassador, despite the jealousy of her fiancée.

Work

Poster for the movie "Work"

Charlie and his boss have difficulties just getting to the house they are going to wallpaper. The householder is angry because he can’t get breakfast and his wife is screaming at the maid as they arrive. The kitchen gas stove explodes, and Charlie offers to fix it. The wife’s secret lover arrives and is passed off as the workers’ supervisor, but the husband doesn’t buy this and fires shots. The stove explodes violently, destroying the […]

The Pawnshop

Poster for the movie "The Pawnshop"

Chaplin plays an assistant in a pawnshop run by Bergman. He engages in a slapstick battles with his fellow pawnshop assistant, deals with eccentric customers, and flirts with the pawnbroker’s daughter. One customer, posing as a jewelry buyer, pulls a gun and tries to rob the place. Chaplin disarms him.

The Masquerader

Poster for the movie "The Masquerader"

Charlie plays an actor who bungles several scenes and is kicked out. He returns convincingly dressed as a lady and charms the director, but Charlie never makes it into the film. The plot involving a guy dressing up as a woman is quite popular in old silent movies.

The New Janitor

Poster for the movie "The New Janitor"

The hero, a janitor played by Chaplin, is fired from work for accidentally knocking his bucket of water out the window and onto his boss the chief banker (Tandy). Meanwhile, one of the junior managers (Dillon) is being threatened with exposure by his bookie for gambling debts unpaid. Thus the manager decides to steal from the company.

The Kid

Poster for the movie "The Kid"

Considered one of Charlie Chaplin’s best films, The Kid also made a star of little Jackie Coogan, who plays a boy cared for by The Tramp when he’s abandoned by his mother, Edna. Later, Edna has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son. When she finds him and wrests him from The Tramp, it makes for what turns out be one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever included in a […]

The Fireman

Poster for the movie "The Fireman"

Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the Chief) is upstairs in the house. When the house next door catches fire its owner rouses Charlie who rouses the force.

The Floorwalker

Poster for the movie "The Floorwalker"

Chaplin, in his traditional Tramp persona, is a customer who creates chaos in a department store and becomes inadvertently entangled in the nefarious scheme of the store manager and the store’s floorwalker to embezzle money from the establishment.

The Idle Class

Poster for the movie "The Idle Class"

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.

The Count

Poster for the movie "The Count"

The tailor’s handyman (Chaplin) burns a count’s trousers while ironing them and is fired. His superior discovers a note explaining the count can’t attend a party, and dresses up like one to take his place. Chaplin also goes to the residence hosting the party, but runs into the tailor. They both then struggle to win the fair maiden, Miss Moneybags. Soon, Charlie is distracted by a gypsy girl and the tailor must fend off other […]

The Champion

Poster for the movie "The Champion"

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a “good luck” horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner “who can take a beating.” After watching others lose, Charlie puts the horseshoe in his glove and wins. The trainer prepares Charlie to fight the world champion. A gambler wants Charlie to throw the fight. He and the trainer’s daughter fall in love.

The Bond

Poster for the movie "The Bond"

A propaganda film created by Charlie Chaplin at his own expense for the Liberty Load Committee to help sell U.S. Liberty Bonds during World War I. The story is a series of sketches humorously illustrating various bonds like the bond of friendship and of marriage and, most important, the Liberty Bond, to K.O. the Kaiser which Charlie does literally.

The Bank

Poster for the movie "The Bank"

In a departure from the tramp character, Chaplin plays a janitor at a bank. Edna Purviance plays the secretary on whom Charlie has a crush and dreams that she has fallen in love with him.

Sunnyside

Poster for the movie "Sunnyside"

Chaplin plays a handyman at a hotel. His love interest in the village is the girl played by Edna Purviance. A young man from the city arrives and appears to have an eye for Edna too. Chaplin tries to win her back.

Shanghaied

Poster for the movie "Shanghaied"

A shipowner intends to scuttle his ship on its last voyage to get the insurance money. Charlie, a tramp in love with the owner’s daughter, is grabbed by the captain and promises to help him shanghai some seamen. The daughter stows away to follow Charlie. Charlie assists in the galley and attempts to serve food during a gale.

Recreation

Poster for the movie "Recreation"

Charlie begins to woo a woman on a bench, only to have her seaman boyfriend object. After a brick fight between the two men that eventually involves two police officers, all five people end up in the local pond to cool off.

Easy Street

Poster for the movie "Easy Street"

When Charlie the Tramp wanders into a mission he is smitten by Edna and puts back the collection box which he has taken. Reformed, he becomes a policeman and is assigned to rough-and-tumble Easy Street. Unable to trick or beat Eric the Tough, he puts Eric’s head in a gas pipe and anesthetizes him. A hero, he now helps many poor people living on Easy Street. Eric escapes jail, Edna is kidnapped, but Charlie (recharged […]

Triple Trouble

Poster for the movie "Triple Trouble"

As Colonel Nutt is experimenting with explosives, a new janitor is joining his household. The inept janitor proceeds to make life difficult for the rest of staff.

Tillie’s Punctured Romance

Poster for the movie "Tillie's Punctured Romance"

Chaplin plays a womanizing city man who meets Tillie (Dressler) in the country after a fight with his girlfriend (Normand). When he sees that Tillie’s father has a very large bankroll for his workers, he persuades her to elope with him. In the city, he meets the woman he was seeing already, and tries to work around the complication to steal Tillie’s money.

The Vagabond

Poster for the movie "The Vagabond"

After passing the hat and taking the donations intended for German street musicians Charlie heads for the country. Here he finds and rescues a girl from a band of gypsies. The girl falls in love with an artist whose portrait is later seen in a shop by the girl’s real mother. The mother and the artist arrive in a chauffeured auto and offer Charlie money for his services, money which he rejects.

The Tramp

Poster for the movie "The Tramp"

The Little Fellow finds the girl of his dreams and work on a family farm. He helps defend the farm against criminals, and all seems well, until he discovers the girl of his dreams already has someone in her life. Unwilling to be a problem in their lives, he takes to the road, though he is seen skipping and swinging his cane as if happy to be back on the road where he knows he […]

Twenty Minutes of Love

Poster for the movie "Twenty Minutes of Love"

Charlie is hanging around in the park, finding problems with a jealous suitor, a man who thinks that Charlie has robbed him a watch, a policeman and even a little boy, all because our friend can’t stop snooping.

The Property Man

Poster for the movie "The Property Man"

Charlie is in charge of stage “props” and has trouble with actors’ luggage and conflicts over who gets the star’s dressing room. Once the dressing-room issue is resolved the next issue is getting everyone on stage with the correct backdrop. Backstage Charlie and an old man fight, often disrupting the on-stage performances. The audience also break into a fight, and a hose brought out behind the scenes ends up squirted over them.

Making a Living

Poster for the movie "Making a Living"

Edgar English cons a journalist out of some money. He applies for a job at his newspaper. While the journalist is helping a trapped motorist, Edgar steals the camera with the picture of the accident and rushes back to the paper with it. He steals the headlines. A short pursuit with the police ensues.

In the Park

Poster for the movie "In the Park"

A tramp steals a girl’s handbag, but when he tries to pick Charlie’s pocket loses his cigarettes and matches. He rescues a hot dog man from a thug, but takes a few with his walking stick. When the thief tries to take some of Charlie’s sausages, Charlie gets the handbag. The handbag makes its way from person to person to its owner, who is angry with her boyfriend who didn’t protect her in the first […]

Laughing Gas

Poster for the movie "Laughing Gas"

Although only a dental assistant, Charlie pretends to be the dentist. After receiving too much anesthesia, a patient can’t stop laughing, so Charlie knocks him out with a club.

His New Job

Poster for the movie "His New Job"

When one of the actors on a movie set doesn’t show up, Charlie gets his chance to be on camera and replaces the actor. While waiting, he plays in a dice game and gets on many people’s nerves. When he finally gets to act, he ruins his scene, accidentally destroys the set, and tears the skirt of the star of the movie.

Mabel at the Wheel

Poster for the movie "Mabel at the Wheel"

Charlie, competing with his rival’s race car, offers Mabel a ride on his motorcycle but drops her in a puddle. He also kidnaps his rival before the race. But Mabel decides to take the wheels in his place, thus causing a threat to Charlie. As the race progresses, despite a very late start, Mabel manages to gain a lead of three laps. Charlie with his henchmen, tries to sabotage the race by using oil and […]

His Prehistoric Past

Poster for the movie "His Prehistoric Past"

Set in the stone age, King Low-Brow rules the land and a harem of wives. When Charlie arrives in this land (where every man has one thousand wives), he falls in love with the King’s favorite wife. When the King falls over a cliff, he is presumed dead and Charlie crowns himself King. The King, however, is not dead and comes back and bashes Charlie over the head with a rock. It turns out it […]

Mabel’s Busy Day

Poster for the movie "Mabel's Busy Day"

Mabel tries to sell hot dogs at a car race, but isn’t doing a very good job at it. She sets down the box of hot dogs and leaves them for a moment. Charlie finds them and gives them away to the hungry spectators at the track as Mabel frantically tries to find her lost box of hot dogs. Mabel finds out that Charlie has stolen them and sends the police after him. Chaos ensues.

Kid Auto Races at Venice

Poster for the movie "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Made by Keystone Studios and directed by Henry Lehrman, in it Chaplin plays a spectator at a ‘baby-cart race’ in California. The spectator keeps getting in the way of the camera and interferes with the race, causing great frustration to the public and participants. The film was shot at an actual race with Chaplin and his co-stars improvising gags in front of real-life spectators.

His Trysting Place

Poster for the movie "His Trysting Place"

Charlie and his friend Ambrose meet in a restaurant and accidentally leave with each other’s coats. Charlie was going to pick up a baby bottle and Ambrose was going to mail a love letter that was in his coat pocket. Charlie’s wife finds the letter and thinks he has a secret lover and Ambrose’s wife believes he has an illegitimate child. Controversy arises in the park between Charlie and his wife and Ambrose and his […]

A Night in the Show

Poster for the movie "A Night in the Show"

Mr. Pest tries several theatre seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor. He is thrown out. In the lobby he pushes a fat lady into a fountain and returns to sit down by Edna. Mr. Rowdy, in the gallery, pours beer down on Mr. Pest and Edna. He attacks patrons, a harem dancer, the singers Dot and Dash, and a fire-eater.

A Woman

Poster for the movie "A Woman"

Mother, father and daughter go to the park. The women doze off on a bench while the father plays a hide-and-seek game with a girl, blindfolded. Charlie leads him into a lake. Both dozing ladies on the bench fall for Charlie and invite him for dinner. The father returns home with a friend. Charlie rushes upstairs and dresses like a woman, shaving his mustache. Both men fall for Charlie.

A Night Out

Poster for the movie "A Night Out"

After a visit to a pub, Charlie and Ben cause a ruckus at a posh restaurant. Charlie later finds himself in a compromising position at a hotel with the head waiter’s wife.

A Dog’s Life

Poster for the movie "A Dog's Life"

Poor Charlie lives in a vacant lot. He tries to get a job but when he gets to the head of the employment line the jobs are gone. Back “home” he rescues Scraps, a bitch being attacked by other strays. Together they manage to steal some sausages from a lunch wagon. They enter a dance hall where Edna is a singer and unwilling companion to the clientele. He is thrown out when he can’t pay. […]

A Thief Catcher

Poster for the movie "A Thief Catcher"

This Keystone comedy features Charlie Chaplin making an extended and very funny cameo as a policeman. Chaplin had claimed in interviews that he’d played a bit-role as a policeman while at Keystone Studios. The film was believed lost and Chaplin’s appearance unknown until a print was discovered in 2010 at a Michigan antique sale.

A Jitney Elopement

Poster for the movie "A Jitney Elopement"

Edna’s father wants her to marry wealthy Count He-Ha. Charlie, Edna’s true love, impersonates the Count at dinner, but the real Count shows up and Charlie is thrown out.

A Day’s Pleasure

Poster for the movie "A Day's Pleasure"

A quickly made Chaplin two-reeler to help fill a gap while working on his first feature The Kid. It’s about a an outing with his wife and kids and things don’t go smoothly.

Between Showers

Poster for the movie "Between Showers"

Chaplin and Sterling play two young men, Masher and Rival Masher, who fight over the chance to help a young woman (Emma Bell Clifton) cross a muddy street. Eventually a police officer (Chester Conklin) arrests Rival.