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Mabel’s Strange Predicament (1914)

Mabel's Strange Predicament - Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin in the hotel lobby
Mabel’s Strange Predicament—Charlie Chaplin—February 9, 1914 Mabel’s Strange Predicament is a short film, 17 minutes long, starring Mabel Normand, with Charlie Chaplin as the villain of the picture.   Mabel Normand was, at the time, a major film star, as well as one of the first female movie...
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Between Showers (1914)

In this early Charlie Chaplin film, Charlie competes with another man (Ford Sterling, at the time a major comedy film star) in trying to help a pretty young lady cross a muddy street.   The two rivals fight over various items in their struggle to be first to...
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The Face on the Bar Room Floor (1914)

The Face on the Bar Room Floor - €”starring Charlie Chaplin, originally released August 10, 1914, by Keystone Studios
The Face on the Bar Room Floor – €”starring Charlie Chaplin, originally released August 10, 1914, by Keystone Studios The Face on the Bar Room Floor is a different film for Charlie Chaplin – he plays the part of a painter, who loses the woman that he loves to...
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Caught in a Cabaret (1914)

Caught in a Cabaret, starring Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin
Caught in a Cabaret—Charlie Chaplin originally released April 27, 1914 Another Mabel Normand film where Charlie Chaplin begins to steal the show, Caught in a Cabaret has Charlie the Little Tramp overworked as a waiter in a cafe, who gets a free hour off from work and unexpectedly...
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The Star Boarder (1914)

The Star Boarder - Charlie Chaplin and his landlady
The Star Boarder—Charlie Chaplin, originally released April 4, 1914 In The Star Boarder, Charlie Chaplin‘s little tramp character is staying at a boardinghouse, where he is clearly his landlady’s favorite—much to her husband’s (Edgar Kennedy) displeasure.   Barely able to prevent attacking Charlie outright, the husband’s anger only...
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Mabel’s Married Life (1914)

Mabel's Married Life - Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin
Mabel’s Married Life, starring Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand, originally released June 20, 1914 Mabel’s Married Life is another early Charlie Chaplin comedy from Keystone Studios.   By this time, the studio was aware of what a large box office draw Charlie Chaplin was, which explains why they...
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Mabel at the Wheel (1914)

Mabel at the Wheel - Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand
Mabel at the Wheel – Charlie Chaplin originally released April 18, 1914 In Mabel at the Wheel, Charlie Chaplin is not playing his familiar tramp clown, but a generic movie villain.   The basic premise has the villainous Charlie trying to win a race by hook or crook,...
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Twenty Minutes of Love (1914)

Twenty Minutes of Love - Charlie Chaplin being kissed by a pretty girl
Twenty Minutes of Love—Charlie Chaplin originally released April 20, 1914  Charlie Chaplin is quoted as having said, “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.” Twenty Minutes of Love is proof of that statement.   A funny short silent film,...
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The Knockout (1914)

The Knockout – Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle originally released June 11, 1914 The 1914 Keystone silent comedy, The Knockout, is a typical, frenetic Keystone comedy starring Fatty Arbuckle.   Despite what movie goers might think from the movie poster, Charlie Chaplin is not the star of the movie,...
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The Masquerader (1914)

The Masquerader - Charlie Chaplin revealing himself as the beautiful woman
The Masquerader starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Chester Conklin —originally released August 27, 1914 In The Masquerader, we see Charlie Chaplin playing three different parts—a variation of himself, as an actor at the Keystone Studio, as Charlie the Little Tramp, and as a female impersonator.   The Masquerader...
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