VIDEO of The Pawnshop (1916) – Charlie Chaplin
|Directed by||Charles Chaplin
Edward Brewer (technical director)
|Produced by||Henry P. Caulfield|
|Written by||Charles Chaplin (scenario)
Vincent Bryan (scenario)
Maverick Terrell (scenario)
|Cinematography||William C. Foster
|Edited by||Charles Chaplin|
|Distributed by||Mutual Film Corporation|
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.
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.
- Charles Chaplin: Pawnshop assistant
- Henry Bergman: Pawnbroker
- Edna Purviance: His daughter
- John Rand: Pawnshop assistant
- Albert Austin: Client with clock
- Wesley Ruggles: Client with ring
- Eric Campbell: Thief
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.
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