Charlie Chaplin: The Mutual Comedies

Charlie Chaplin: The Mutual Comedies

14 Episodes

In the two-reel comedies Charlie Chaplin created for the Mutual Film Corporation between 1916 and 1917, the slapstick virtuoso sometimes played an inebriate, a fireman, or a prop man in a movie studio; but most of all, he further explored and developed the Little Tramp character who would come to stand as one of cinema’s most immortal comic creations. The Little Tramp of these films became arguably the most famous and recognizable character in the world, while Chaplin himself became the highest-paid filmmaker of his time. In these twelve definitive classics of silent screen comedy, Chaplin perfected what would become his trademark themes and techniques and created what many critics and enthusiasts regard as his finest work.

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Charlie Chaplin: The Mutual Comedies
  • The Floorwalker

    Episode 1

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Lloyd Bacon

    Comedic chaos erupts in a department store thanks to Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp.

  • The Fireman

    Episode 2

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon

    Firefighter Charlie Chaplin is tricked into letting a house burn by an owner who wants to collect on the insurance.

  • The Vagabond

    Episode 3

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

    Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp tries to earn money by playing the violin, but he’s soon facing off against the jealous competition.

  • One A.M.

    Episode 4

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Albert Austin

    It’s Charlie Chaplin versus his own home when getting into bed after a night of drinking proves far trickier than it might seem.

  • The Count

    Episode 5

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

    Fired from his job, Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp once again finds himself pretending to be someone else as he attends a party at the Moneybags estate.

  • The Pawnshop

    Episode 6

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Henry Bergman

    Working in a pawnshop, Charlie Chaplin faces all sorts of complications—including an armed robbery.

  • Behind the Screen

    Episode 7

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

    In this cheeky biblical retelling, Charlie Chaplin’s David, a movie studio stagehand, faces off against rival stagehand Goliath.

  • The Rink

    Episode 8

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, James T. Kelley

    Waiter Charlie Chaplin isn’t exactly great at his job—but just wait until he straps on his roller skates!

  • Easy Street

    Episode 9

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1917 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

    Charlie Chaplin trades in his Little Tramp identity and becomes a police officer—but soon finds trouble when he has to tangle with a street bully.

  • The Cure

    Episode 10

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1917 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

    Comedy chaos erupts when a drunk Charlie Chaplin checks into a day spa.

  • The Immigrant

    Episode 11

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1917 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

    En route to America, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp has some trouble aboard an Atlantic steamer.

  • The Adventurer

    Episode 12

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1917 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

    Charlie Chaplin plays an escaped convict in his final film at Mutual, which also marked the last screen appearance by the Little Tramp’s frequent antagonist Eric Campbell, who died in a car...

  • Chaplin’s Goliath

    Episode 13

    Directed by Kevin Macdonald • 1996 • United Kingdom

    Scottish actor Eric Campbell was arguably the most important member of Charlie Chaplin’s early ensemble—the towering, glowering giant who proved a memorable nemesis to the Tramp in the eleven shorts they made together. CHAPLIN’S GOLIATH is a tr...

  • The Birth of the Tramp

    Episode 14

    Directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange • 2013 • France, United Kingdom

    How did a poor young man from the depths of Victorian London transform himself into one of the most iconic entertainers of all time? In this illuminating documentary, film historians Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange chronicle...