Month: September 2014

The Masquerader (1914) – Charlie Chaplin

Charlie plays an actor who bungles several scenes and is kicked out. He returns convincingly dressed as a lady and charms the director, but Charlie never makes it into the film. The plot involving a man dressing up as a woman is quite popular in old silent movies.

The Masquerader is a 1914 film written and directed by Charles Chaplin and starring Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle. Its running time is 9 minutes. It is the tenth film directed and the second written by Chaplin.

Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Mack Sennett
Written by Charlie Chaplin

Starring:
Charles Chaplin
Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle
Chester Conklin
Charles Murray
Fritz Schade
Minta Durfee
Cecile Arnold
Vivian Edwards
Harry McCoy
Charley Chase

Release date – August 27, 1914

The Champion (1915) – Charlie Chaplin

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a “good luck” horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner “who can take a beating.” After watching others lose, Charlie puts the horseshoe in his glove and wins. The trainer prepares Charlie to fight the world champion. A gambler wants Charlie to throw the fight. He and the trainer’s daughter fall in love.

The Champion is a comedy film released in 1915 by Essanay Studios, starring Charles Chaplin alongside Edna Purviance and Leo White. Essanay co-owner and star, Broncho Billy Anderson can be seen as an enthusiastic audience member in the boxing match scene.

Directed by Charles Chaplin
Produced by Jess Robbins
Written by Charles Chaplin

Starring:
Charles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Ernest Van Pelt
Robert Shields
Lloyd Bacon
Leo White
Carl Stockdale
Billy Armstrong
Paddy McGuire
Bud Jamison
Ben Turpin

Music by Robert Israel
Cinematography Harry Ensign
Release date – March 11, 1915