The Star BoarderâCharlie Chaplin, originally released April 4, 1914
In The Star Boarder, Charlie Chaplinâs little tramp character is staying at a boardinghouse, where he is clearly his landladyâs favoriteâmuch to her husbandâs (Edgar Kennedy) displeasure. Barely able to prevent attacking Charlie outright, the husbandâs anger only increases when the landlady tries to teach Charlie how to play tennisâone of the funnier bits in the short film. Looking for a lost tennis ball almost turns into a kiss, which the landladyâs son captures on a camera-like device (does anybody else still remember Magic Lanterns?), and even though they are interrupted by the jealous husband, the sonâs magic lantern show reveals what almost happenedâas well as a similar picture between the husband and another womanâleading into an altercation between Charlie and the husband, cutting to similar shots of the landlady spanking her son.
A cute film, but not that funnyâmore interesting from a historical perspective.
The Star Boarder was also released as:
- In Love with His Landlady
- The Fatal Lantern (USA)
- The Hash-House Hero
- The Landladyâs Pet (USA)
Courtesy of The Internet Archive, you can view The Star Boarder in its’ entirety online: