Mabel Normand

T. it.: Charlot garzone di caffè; Scen.: Charles Chaplin; F.: Frank D. Willians; Int.: Charles Chaplin (cameriere), Mabel Normand (Mabel), Harry McCoy (l’innamorato), Chester Conklin (cameriere), Edgar Kennedy (proprietario del caffè), Minta Durfee (ballerina), Josef Swickard (il padre), Alice Davenport (la madre); Prod.: Keystone 35mm. L.o.: 600 m. Bn.


T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Chaplin’s first full-blown, two-reel screenplay was another compromise. He coupled a Keystone custard-pie climax to a class-conscious plot that allowed passages of personal impromptu. Whilst not presenting Charlie as the Tramp, he mantained much of the Tramp’s character. His lowly waiter aimed at the higher life, and was not above imposture to achieve it. There was something of the dundreary dude from his first film here, but with greater depth. Charlie was no longer the con man out for cash at any cost; he was looking for love.

Denis Gifford, Chaplin (Macmillan, 1974)


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