The Masquerader starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Chester Conklin âoriginally released August 27, 1914
In The Masquerader, we see Charlie Chaplin playing three different partsâa variation of himself, as an actor at the Keystone Studio, as Charlie the Little Tramp, and as a female impersonator. The Masquerader begins with Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle getting made up at the Keystone Studio. A very funny bit of slapstick happens here, as Charlie and Fatty are on opposite sides of a makeup table, with a divider blocking them from each otherâs side. Charlie tries to steal a drink from Fattyâs bottle, but Fatty sees it coming, and substitutes a different bottleâwhich Charlie âborrowsâ a drink from, only to spit it out immediately. Once made up as the Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin ruins the scene being filmed, and is summarily fired by the director.
Not giving up, Charlie disguises himself as a beautiful young lady, and re-enters the studio, where the same director is smitten by âherâ beauty, and not only hires âherâ but gives her the menâs dressing room as well, over the protests of the male actors. Soon enough, Charlie Chaplin reveals his deception, which leads into a typical Keystone chase, including throwing bricks. As Charlie tries to escape, he jumps into a movie prop well, not realizing that itâs a real wellâthe film ends with Charlie Chaplin splashing in the water as the other actors laugh at his predicament, and the final title card reads, âWell, Wellâ
The Masquerade is a different Charlie Chaplin short film, but funny and well worth watching.