Burlesque on Carmen

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This article is about the 1915 Chaplin film. For other uses, see Carmen (disambiguation).
Burlesque on Carmen
Burlesque on Carmen poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Jess Robbins
George K. Spoor
Written by Prosper Mérimée
Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin
Jack Henderson
Edna Purviance
Leo White
Music by Robert Israel (Kino video release)
Cinematography Roland Totheroh
Edited by Charlie Chaplin
Distributed by Essanay Studios
Release dates
December 18, 1915
Running time
44 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
(English intertitles)
Burlesque on Carmen

Burlesque on Carmen is Charlie Chaplin's thirteenth and last film for Essanay Studios, released in 1915 and then later recut into a different version in 1916. Charlie Chaplin played Darn Hosiery and Edna Purviance played Carmen. Carmen was very popular at this time and two films under this title had already been released in 1915, one by Raoul Walsh where Theda Bara played Carmen and one by Cecil B. DeMille where the part was played by Geraldine Farrar. Chaplin's version is a parody of DeMille's film, following closely its structure and using very similar sets and costumes.[1]


Purviance and Chaplin
1916 advertisement

A gypsy seductress is sent to sway a goofy officer to allow a smuggling run.



  1. ^ Review, synopsis and link to watch the film "A cinema history". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 


The film was released in two reels at the end of 1915 when Chaplin's contract with Essanay Studios was up. The studio added two reels worth of additional non-Chaplin material and re-released the film in 1916.


The film included the song "Carmen" by William McKenna.

Invitation a la Danse - Weber, Aida - Verdi, L'Arlesian Suite - Bizet, Dance of the Hours - Ponchielli, Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky

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