The Pawnshop (1916) – Charlie Chaplin20:23

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Published on September 13, 2016

The Pawnshop

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The Pawnshop
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Directed by Charles Chaplin
Edward Brewer (technical director)
Produced by Henry P. Caulfield
Written by Charles Chaplin (scenario)
Vincent Bryan (scenario)
Maverick Terrell (scenario)
Starring Charles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Henry Bergman
Cinematography William C. Foster
Roland Totheroh
Edited by Charles Chaplin
Distributed by Mutual Film Corporation
Release dates
  • October 2, 1916
Running time
20 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

The Pawnshop was Charlie Chaplin‘s sixth film for Mutual Film Corporation. Released on October 2, 1916, it stars Chaplin in the role of assistant to the pawnshop owner, played by Henry Bergman. Edna Purviance plays the owner’s daughter, while Albert Austin appears as an alarm clock owner who watches Chaplin in dismay as he dismantles the clock; the massive Eric Campbell‘s character attempts to rob the shop.

This was one of Chaplin’s more popular movies for Mutual, mainly for the slapstick comedy he was famous for at the time.

Synopsis[edit]

Chaplin plays an assistant in a pawnshop run by Bergman. He engages in a slapstick battles with his fellow pawnshop assistant, deals with eccentric customers, and flirts with the pawnbroker’s daughter.

One customer, posing as a jewelry buyer, pulls a gun and tries to rob the place. Chaplin disarms him.

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The Pawnshop

Sound version[edit]

In 1932, Amedee Van Beuren of Van Beuren Studios, purchased Chaplin’s Mutual comedies for $10,000 each, added music by Gene Rodemich and Winston Sharples and sound effects, and re-released them through RKO Radio Pictures. Chaplin had no legal recourse to stop the RKO release.[1]

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