Sunday, May 4, 2014

Chaplin's directorial debut, CAUGHT IN THE RAIN, released May 4th, 1914

In order to convince Mack Sennett to allow him to direct his own film, Chaplin voluntarily deposited his life-savings of $1,500 as a guarantee in case it could not be released. He later remembered not being as confident as he thought he would be directing his own picture. "I had a slight attack of panic. But after Sennett saw the first day's work I was reassured. The picture was called Caught In The Rain. It was not a world-beater, but it was funny and quite a success."

Basic plot: Charlie flirts with Mack Swain's wife (Alice Davenport) who is also a sleepwalker.

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