Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Property Man


The Last Chaplin Film Is A Countess from Hong Kong


The Property Man by Charles Chaplin, 1914:



Hides a pitcher of beer in his sagging overalls, then bends over to pick up the purse a dame has dropped / Have to define oneself as one thing — the property master: part of the story doesn't get underway till the end of the first reel / There's more continuity across cuts here than in any of the Sennett-Chaplin films / Get out there and make my voice listenable / When a star rises up to his boss — 'Do you know who that was? — Jack Dempsey' / Ends in another chaos blitz, well-executed, well-executed / I hate clever comedians / Comedians who entertain the eyebrows, coax your grin / Chaplin was no Reggie Watts

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Previous pieces on Chaplin at Cinemasparagus:

Making a Living [Lehrman, 1914] / Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. [Lehrman, 1914] / Mabel's Strange Predicament [Normand, 1914] / Between Showers [Lehrman, 1914] / A Film Johnnie [George Nichols, 1914] / Tango Tangles [Sennett, 1914] / His Favorite Pastime [George Nichols, 1914] / Cruel, Cruel Love [George Nichols, 1914] / The Star Boarder [George Nichols, 1914] / Mabel at the Wheel [Normand and Sennett, 1914] / Twenty Minutes of Love [Chaplin and Maddern, 1914] / Caught in a Cabaret [Chaplin and Normand, 1914] / Caught in the Rain [Chaplin, 1914] / A Busy Day [Sennett, 1914] / The Fatal Mallet [Sennett, 1914] / The Knockout [Sennett, 1914] / Mabel's Busy Day [Sennett, 1914] / Mabel's Married Life [Sennett, 1914] / Laughing Gas [Chaplin, 1914]


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