“Most of the fun in Work, one of my very latest releases, comes through the efforts of a painter’s assistant to push a two-wheeled barrow loaded with materials. This idea came to me from a scene I witnessed, one that was not funny for the assistant, but very laughable for the bystanders. The man was trying to get up a hill, and the weight of the barrow kept pulling him up in the air, and letting him down again, until finally he was carried up in a half circle over his barrow wheel and the contents were spilled. I enlarged the idea, and the audiences shout with amusement.”
—From “How I Made My Success” by Charlie Chaplin, The Theater (September, 1915).