Making A Living, made in 1914 for the Keystone movie studio, was Charlie Chaplin‘s first movie role. In many ways, it is a typical Keystone picture, short (15 minutes) with lots of slapstick and energy. Charlie Chaplin is not his well-known tramp clown here. In Making A Living, Charlie Chaplin plays a swindler who tries to become a reporter, stealing a competing reporter’s camera with a picture of a car going over a cliff, taking credit for the photo himself, and then trying to avoid the other photographer when the picture gets published.
In short, a high-energy film, entertaining though not laugh-out-loud funny, mostly worth seeing for itsâ historical interest as Charlie Chaplin’s first film appearance. It’s available on DVD as part of The Actors: Rare Films of Charlie Chaplin