Friday, February 28, 2014

BETWEEN SHOWERS, released February 28th, 1914

Chaplin's fourth film for Keystone would mark the last time he would work with director Henry Lehrman with whom he did not get along. It was also Chaplin's first "park" comedy (portions were filmed at Echo Park). The film has a very basic plot: Rival mashers Charlie and Ford Sterling get in a dispute over a girl and her umbrella.

Between Showers was inspired by a series of torrential rainstorms that soaked Los Angeles,
explaining the huge puddles in the street.
Many of Charlie's familiar characteristics are already on display in this film:
cocking a snook, rounding corners on one leg, etc.
Charlie gives Ford Sterling a poke with an umbrella.
(The Tramp's familiar cane doesn't make an appearance in this film,
but the umbrella proves to be a useful substitute.)
Charlie tips his hat to the buxom Emma Clifton.
A typical Keystone Charlie reaction.

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