Chaplin's twelfth film for Essanay was based on Fred Karno’s music hall sketch “Mumming Birds” (known as “A Night In An English Music Hall” in the States) in which Chaplin played “The Inebriated Swell." In this film version, Chaplin plays two roles, the tipsy tuxedo-clad, Mr. Pest, and the drunken bum, Mr. Rowdy, who wreak havoc on a theater during a vaudeville performance.
What was said about it?
"This picture was so different from most of the appearances of the famous comedy artist that it was the subject of a great deal of comment. It was said that the picture was the best one of its kind ever seen at the theater, and it undoubtedly drew big crowds." (Moving Picture World, December 4th, 1915)