Charlie at the Sydney Show
|Charlie at the Sydney Show|
|Directed by||John Gavin|
|Written by||Agnes Gavin|
|Release dates||20 May 1916|
|Running time||25 minutes|
Unlike many Australian films from the silent era, a copy of this survives almost in its entirety.
A series of adventures happen to "Charlie" as he visits the Sydney Royal Easter Show: he chases a couple of larrikins who have picked the pocket of a man visiting the show, encounters various side-show acts, fights a boxing lady, meets a confidence man, and chases girls. The movie ends with a chance and Charlie driving off with a couple in a motor car.
The critic from Punch praised the film saying:
Mr. Gavin had unearthed a comedian of undoubted talent, who, with only slightly more experience in "Movie" acting, will soon eclipse the majority of the efforts, of comedians playing in imported films, and even aspire to be the equal of the great Charlie Chaplin himself. Mr. Gavin is to he congratulated on giving the public a decided novelty in films, and also on the extraordinarily heavy bookings he had already received for the exhibition of the picture in the N.S.W. shows. The scenario... contains many humorous situations... whilst the photo graphy... is quite equal to anything yet screened in Sydney.
- "Advertising.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 17 May 1916. p. 2. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- 'Australian Chaplin Impersonator' at SilentComedians.com
- Charlie at the Sydney Show at National Film and Sound Archive
- "Advertising.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 28 July 1916. p. 1. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- Arthur Tauchert at Australian Variety Theatre Archive
- "THE MOVIES.". Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 18 May 1916. p. 11. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
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