Monday, November 9, 2015

HIS TRYSTING PLACE, released November 9th, 1914

Written and directed by Charlie Chaplin.

Mabel Normand is brilliant as the frazzled wife and mother. 
"Here, play with this [a gun!]"
This is not the first film to show Charlie with a wife,
but it is the first to show him in a domestic situation.
Charlie tries to shield himself from Mack Swain's sloppy eating.
After a brawl with Mack Swain at the restaurant, Charlie accidently takes his coat,
 and vice versa.
Due to the coat mix-up, Mabel thinks Charlie is "trysting" with Phyllis Allen.
And you can imagine what Phyllis is thinking when she finds a baby bottle in her "husband's" coat.
But all's well that ends well...

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