The Idle Class

The Idle Class

I watched this because I realized it's the only Chaplin film I hadn't seen - or, if I had, it totally evaporated from my memory. This is one of three shorts (along with Pay Day and The Pilgrim) that Chaplin made after The Kid, while running out the clock on his contract with First National. Once he started at United Artists, he would only make feature-length films. Chaplin here plays a dual role of the Tramp and a rich alcoholic, and they both have the same moustache so shenanigans ensue. This feels like a throwback to the sort of simple, unsentimental knockabout comedies he was making in 1915/16 - lots of wackiness with people getting kicked in the ass, etc.

Minor Chaplin™, but he is the best filmmaker ever, so...