Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A DOG'S LIFE

Released April 14th, 1918, this was Chaplin's first "million dollar comedy" for First National and the first film he made in his newly built studio in Hollywood.

"Scraps--A Thoroughbred Mongrel." His real name was Mut (or Mutt). The story goes
that when Charlie left for a Liberty Bond tour shortly after filming was completed, Mut,
who had become very attached to him, died of "a broken heart."
 He was buried on the studio grounds.
This was the first of Charlie's film to feature his brother, Sydney,
 who had already made several successful films for Keystone including
the "Gussle" films and The Submarine Pirate.
Syd's first wife, Minnie, (far left) appears in the dancehall scenes usually dancing with
Albert Austin (with mustache) who is getting ready to cut in on Minnie
and her dance partner in this scene.

The dance hall drummer (Chuck Reisner) thinks Charlie has a tail.
 This was Reisner's first film with Chaplin.
"A new singer sings an old song"
...and makes everyone cry
including Henry Bergman, dressed as a woman, and Loyal Underwood.
Edna's singing inspires the bartender, played by Andy Anderson,
 to put back the money he stole from the cash register.
 Anderson later became the skipper of Chaplin's yacht, Panacea
 This was also the first film in which Granville Redmond appears.
Redmond was a deaf painter who kept a studio on Chaplin's lot. 
"I'm flirting"
Poor Mut was plied with alcohol for this scene. 
"Hellooo"

3 comments:

  1. I've said it before and I'll say it again. That outfit Edna is wearing in the Cafe scenes where she sings and flirts with Charlie is the ugliest, most unflattering outfit I've ever seen. Every time I watch this short, my attention during those scenes is constantly diverted in wondering what in the heck they were thinking with that outfit.

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    1. I agree. It's not the most becoming dress in the world. I wonder who picked it out, her or Charlie.

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  2. You are right that dress Edna has on is just terrible, I never noticed before just imagine what the colors were like....... Yikes!

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