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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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The VagabondThe Vagabond

Comedy191626 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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.

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The AdventurerThe Adventurer

Comedy191726 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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

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The RinkThe Rink

Comedy191625 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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.

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The ImmigrantThe Immigrant

Comedy191724 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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

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The PawnshopThe Pawnshop

Comedy191626 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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.

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One A.M.One A.M.

Comedy191626 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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.

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Easy StreetEasy Street

Comedy191726 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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’.

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The FiremanThe Fireman

Comedy191625 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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

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The FloorwalkerThe Floorwalker

Comedy191628 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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

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Behind the ScreenBehind the Screen

Comedy191624 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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

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The CountThe Count

Comedy191624 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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.

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The CureThe Cure

Comedy191725 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

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