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The Rink (1916)

After causing restaurant chaos at work, a bumbling waiter tears up the local roller rink with his skating.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... A Waiter - Posing as Sir Cecil Seltzer
Edna Purviance ... The Girl
James T. Kelley ... Her Father
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Mr. Stout
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Mrs. Stout
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Cook
Leota Bryan Leota Bryan ... Edna's Friend
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Storyline

After amusements working in a restaurant, Charlie uses his lunch break to go roller skating. Mr. Stout makes advances toward the unwilling Edna (whose father and Mrs. Stout had earlier carried on in the restaurant). After a roller skate ballet, Charlie (now as Sir Cecil Seltzer) is invited to a party at Edna's. All the "couples", including a new partner for Mr. Stout. show up. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rolling Around See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(restored) |

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is best known for showcasing Charles Chaplin's roller skating skills. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie goes to lunch, he changes out of his waiter's coat and tie into his "Little Tramp" coat and vest. When he buttons his vest, the buttons and button holes are out of alignment. But when he walks through the restaurant and onto the sidewalk, the buttons and button holes are properly aligned. See more »


Alternate Versions

Kino International distributes a set of videos containing all the 12 Mutual short films made by Chaplin in 1915 - 1917. They are presented by David H. Shepard, who copyrighted the versions in 1984, and has a music soundtrack composed and performed by Michael D. Mortilla who copyrighted his score in 1989. The running time of this film is 24 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Modern Times (1936) See more »

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A nice little short if you can get hold of a good version of it
14 September 2014 | by adamscastlevania2See all my reviews

(72%) Chaplin highlights his roller-skating talent in this briskly paced 20 minuter set around Charlie as a waiter. There's some nice somewhat more subtle jokes centred around Charley working out the bill by seeing what customers have split onto their clothes, and a mix-up in the kitchen leading to a diner served a scrubbing brush. Charlie's character is not a complete down and out, or very wealthy, but more fun loving and fancy free, and once he's given an hour of free time he hits the rink. This is very much a standard Chaplin early movie that benefits from his skating ability and charm, although the version I saw is a poor cheap money grab as it needed some restoration.


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