Easy Street (film)

Easy Street
Directed byCharles Chaplin
Edward Brewer (technical director)
Produced byHenry P. Caulfield
Written byCharles Chaplin
Vincent Bryan
Maverick Terrell
StarringCharles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Eric Campbell
CinematographyRoland H. Totheroh
George C. Zalibra
Editing byCharles Chaplin
Distributed byMutual Film Corporation
Release date(s)22 January 1917 (USA)
February 5, 1917 (UK)
Running time2 Reels (full length unknown)
Country United States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles
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Easy Street is a 1917 short comedy film by Charlie Chaplin.

In the film, the police are failing to maintain law and order and so it is Chaplin, as the Little Tramp character, who steps forward (rather reluctantly) to rid the street of bullies, help the poor, save women from madmen and generally keep the peace.

Plot

As the story begins, the Little Tramp is sleeping rough outside a mission near the streets of a lawless slum. He is reformed somewhat at a Mission where there is singing and religious education. His religious awakening inspired by a beautiful young woman who pleads for him to stay at the Mission.

Spotting a help wanted ad for a job at the police station, Chaplin hesitantly accepts and is assigned the rough-and-tumble Easy Street as his beat. Upon entering the street, he finds a bully, roughing up the locals and pilfering their money. Chaplin gets on the wrong side of this bully and following a chase the two eventually come to blows, culminating in Chaplin inventively using a gas lamp, to render the bully unconscious. The film continues with Chaplin aiding the people of Easy Street, rescuing a damsel in distress from the clutches of a sinister drug addict and putting the bully in his place once and for all.

Quote

Chaplin later reflected on his use of a policeman as an adversary. “If there is one human type more than any other that the whole wide world has it in for, it is the policeman type. Of course, the policeman isn’t really to blame for the public prejudice against his uniform — it’s just the natural human revulsion against any sort of authority — but just the same everybody loves to see the copper get it where the chicken got the axe.”[1]

Cast

  • Charles Chaplin ... The Derelict
  • Edna Purviance ... The Mission Worker
  • Eric Campbell ... The Bully
  • Albert Austin ... Minister/Policeman (uncredited)
  • Lloyd Bacon ... Drug Addict (uncredited)
  • Henry Bergman ... Anarchist (uncredited)
  • Frank J. Coleman ... Policeman (uncredited)
  • William Gillespie ... Heroin addict (uncredited)
  • James T. Kelley ... Mission Visitor/Policeman (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Mineau ... Big Eric's Wife (uncredited)
  • John Rand ... Mission Tramp/Policeman (uncredited)
  • Janet Miller Sully ... Mother in Mission (uncredited)
  • Loyal Underwood ... Small Father/Policeman (uncredited)
  • Erich von Stroheim Jr. ... Baby (uncredited)
  • Leo White ... Policeman (uncredited)
  • Tom Wood ... Chief of Police (uncredited)

References

1. ^ Robinson, David. Chaplin: His Life and Art, 43. 

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Vincent Patrick Bryan (June 22, 1878 - April 27, 1937) was a composer and lyricist.

He was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and died in Los Angeles, California.
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Edna Purviance (October 21 1895 – January 11 1958) was an American actress during the silent movie era. She was the leading lady in many Charlie Chaplin movies. In a span of eight years, she appeared in over 30 films with Chaplin.
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Alfred Eric Campbell (26 April1878, Dunoon - 20 December1917, Hollywood) was a Scottish silent film star, who was featured in eleven films starring Charlie Chaplin where he typically played the intimidating large villain of the story.
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Mutual Film Corporation was an early American motion picture conglomerate best remembered today as the producers of some of Charlie Chaplin's greatest comedies.

It originated with the Western Film Exchange founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July of 1906 by Wisconsin natives
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Sir Charles Chaplin

Birth name Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr.
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Sir Charles Chaplin

Birth name Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr.
Born 16 March 1889(1889--)
Walworth, London, England
Died 25 November 1977 (aged 88)
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Alfred Eric Campbell (26 April1878, Dunoon - 20 December1917, Hollywood) was a Scottish silent film star, who was featured in eleven films starring Charlie Chaplin where he typically played the intimidating large villain of the story.
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