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Charlie Chaplin

Twelve hugely influential comedy classics from the little star who became a giant of cinema.

These short films were made during Chaplin’s tenure at the Mutual Film Corporation. They find him developing pioneering comic techniques and defining the mixture of slapstick and pathos that would make him one of Hollywood’s greatest stars.

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View The Vagabond
The Vagabond

The Vagabond 1916 U

One of Chaplin’s most accomplished films for Mutual, in which the Tramp rescues a girl from a band of gypsies only for her to fall for a rival.

34 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View The Adventurer
The Adventurer

The Adventurer 1917 U

In his final film for Mutual, Chaplin plays a convict who escapes from prison only to become an unlikely member of high society.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View The Rink
The Rink

The Rink 1916 U

Formidable physical comedy is the order of the day in this dynamic Chaplin short, in which he plays a waiter running rings around an angry customer.

30 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View The Immigrant
The Immigrant

The Immigrant 1917 U

One of Chaplin’s most famous early shorts finds the Little Tramp aboard a ship bound for America, mistakenly accused of being a pickpocket.

30 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View The Pawnshop
The Pawnshop

The Pawnshop 1916 U

One of the most popular shorts Charlie Chaplin made for Mutual, The Pawnshop features a famous sequence in which he dissects an alarm clock, prefiguring the mechanics-inspired humour of Modern Times.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View One A.M.
One A.M.

One A.M. 1916 U

One of Chaplin’s most ingenious shorts, this stunning showcase for his solo comic talents sees him playing a drunken man returning home to navigate his apartment.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View Easy Street
Easy Street

Easy Street 1917 U

The Little Tramp decides to start anew and train as a police officer; what could possibly go wrong when he’s posted on the beat in ‘Easy Street’.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View The Fireman
The Fireman

The Fireman 1916 U

In this classic Chaplin short, he comedy great plays a bumbling fireman who gets caught up in an insurance scam.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View The Floorwalker
The Floorwalker

The Floorwalker 1916 U

Chaplin’s first comedy for Mutual Films features the first film use of an elevator as a source for slapstick.

29 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View Behind the Screen
Behind the Screen

Behind the Screen 1916 U

Chaplin sends up the movie business itself, playing a scene-stealing actor, David, in constant conflict with a tyrannical studio boss called Goliath.

30 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View The Count
The Count

The Count 1916 U

In Charlie Chaplin’s classic short he plays a tailor who impersonates a nobleman at a society ball, only to discover his boss is practicing the same ruse.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

View The Cure
The Cure

The Cure 1917 U

In one of his essential shorts for Mutual, Chaplin plays a drunkard who checks into a health spa – with a case full of booze.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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