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His Prehistoric Past (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 7 December 1914 (USA)
Charlie dreams he is in the stone age. There King Low-Brow rules a harem of wives. Charlie, in skins and a bowler, falls in love with the king's favorite wife, Sum-Babee. During a hunting ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Weakchin
Mack Swain ... King Lowbrow
May Wallace ... The Queen
Gene Marsh Gene Marsh ... Sum-Babee, Lowbrow's Favorite Water Maiden
Fritz Schade Fritz Schade ... Ku-Ku aka Cleo, Medicine Man
Cecile Arnold Cecile Arnold ... Cavewoman
Al St. John ... Caveman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Carruthers Helen Carruthers ... Cave-Woman
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Storyline

Charlie dreams he is in the stone age. There King Low-Brow rules a harem of wives. Charlie, in skins and a bowler, falls in love with the king's favorite wife, Sum-Babee. During a hunting trip the king is pushed over a cliff. Charlie proclaims himself king, but Ku-Ku discovers the real king alive. They return to find Charlie and Sum- Babee together. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hula-Hula Dance See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Prehistoric disappointment
6 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, have been for over a decade now. Many films and shorts of his are very good to masterpiece, and like many others consider him a comedy genius and one of film's most important and influential directors.

Everybody has to have at least one misfire in their careers, even the best directors and actors have not so good films or films they regret. From his early still evolving period before he properly found his stride and fairly fresh from his vaudeville background, like 'His Favourite Pastime', 'A Busy Day' and 'The Property Man', 'His Prehistoric Past' shows that Chaplin is not immune from this. It is a lesser effort of his, and notable only really for being his last production for Keystone.

By all means 'His Prehistoric Past' has a few good points. While a little primitive and not exactly audacious, the production values are far from cheap.

There are also a few amusing moments, a little zest on occasions and Charlie does his best with the uninspired material he has and doesn't go through the motions like he did in 'A Busy Man'.

Where 'His Prehistoric Past' falls down is that mostly it's not particularly funny. The timing feels limp and there is very little, if any, freshness or originality. There is an over-reliance on slap-stick and it is very broad and very repetitive. There is not much charm here and there is not much to be emotionally invested by. The story is flimsy, so much so things feel over-stretched, there are not many Chaplin short films where a short length feels very dull but 'His Prehistoric Past' is one of them.

Charlie does his best certainly and looks engaged, but not much more than that due to his material being pretty uninspired. The cast are not much to write home about.

In conclusion, an early career misfire. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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