This out-of-print Kino direct to VHS video provides the best showcase of the Little Tramp's yearlong tenure with Mack Sennett's Fun Factory. Running nearly an hour, "Charlie Chaplin at Keystone Studios" features good transfers of five embryonic shorts from 1914: MAKING A LIVING-- His screen debut as a tricky "dandy" beggar. After taking a newspaper job, the Swindler sees a car go over a cliff. He grabs a rival's camera and presents the photo in it as his own. He's then pursued by the angry photographer. CAUGHT IN A CABARET-- Charlie the waiter rescues Mabel from a thug and is invited to dinner at her parents' home. The card he presents misidentifies Charlie as a Greek Ambassador. Mabel's jealous boyfriend follows him back to the restaurant, learns the truth and plans to expose her hero as a fraud. MABEL'S BUSY DAY-- Chaplin as one of his music hall characters, the Tipsy Nuisance. Brief comedy showcases many early Keystone heavyweights, including Sennett himself. THE MASQUERADER-- After getting kicked off a movie set for his bad acting, Charlie returns in full drag. Although the director likes "her," Chaplin still doesn't end up in the film. THE ROUNDERS-- Two drunken sophisticates go off on a toot together. They disrupt a dinner crowd and end up passed out in a slowly sinking rowboat.
Actors: Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Roscoe Arbuckle, Marie Dressler, Chester Conklin
Directors: Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Henry Lehrman, George Nichols
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