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Caught in the Rain (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 4 May 1914 (USA)
When a married couple become separated in the park, Charlie takes up with the lady and is beat up when her husband rejoins her. He takes a room in their hotel, and she sleepwalks into his ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Tipsy Hotel Guest
Mack Swain ... Husband
Alice Davenport Alice Davenport ... Sleepwalking Wife
Alice Howell ... Hotel Guest
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When a married couple become separated in the park, Charlie takes up with the lady and is beat up when her husband rejoins her. He takes a room in their hotel, and she sleepwalks into his room so that when her husband returns from his walk he must go out again to look for her. Charlie returns the lady to her room but must climb out onto the window ledge in a downpour. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Park See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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This is the first film that Chaplin wrote and directed entirely on his own. See more »

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Always The Same Wrong Door.
10 October 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Charlie Chaplin

Often it is recommended to see the work of Charlie Chaplin with like subtitles- the one that explains the themes and even jokes- and also the subtextual theme that it sings so melodiously. Chaplin is above all, one of the best filmmakers I know of. Maybe, that is because I wish to seek that in him. So I see it. Scooting over the brilliance of choice of his on tiny ticks like body language and the oddly and yet social style that he adopts, let's focus on the unexplored territory- hopefully! For a guy that defies the basic physics laws, it is extremely mesmerizing to see Chaplin work so logically and convince us in believing in his laws.

This is one of those things that Marvel does much better than DC these days. And that is to know not only the characteristics of that superhero but to enhance it as an element, nay.. even as an antic to swoon its audience. Another thing to note is that it is not always that he finds trouble through his clumsy nature.

His eye for an eye attitude also elevates the flame and you can always see him crossing that line where he loses his grasp over what's practical and what's sketchy. And there is always that moment where you can draw the line where he asks for the beating that he is about to take and he has to, if he has to justify these many adventures or more precisely, debacles. What I love about the world Chaplin so confidently projects is the simplicity of it. Coincidence is a character that you will have to get used to just as his odd limping-alike walk, his iconic coat, long hat and a strong thick cane like his mustache- I am sorry, I know I said untouched.

Caught In The Rain

We've had plenty of misunderstood tales as such, especially in this very genre, that revolves around the love factor and marital issues. And Chaplin gets his point across the room sound and clear by repetitive behaviour. That same door is always knocked and binding the assumed theories with more misunderstood proof. On that very note, this short film is a success as in it doesn't base this entire fiasco on one piece of note, instead it persists on misdirecting its characters for a laugh. The final scenario where everything and every character comes along feels a bit rushed, especially its editing that looks like is jumping a few steps ahead for achieving the chaotic environment spread in this hotel.


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