A Jitney Elopement

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A Jitney Elopement
A Jitney Elopement (poster).jpg
Theatrical poster to A Jitney Elopement
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Jess Robbins
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin
Lloyd Bacon
Ernest Van Pelt
Edna Purviance
Leo White
Music by Robert Israel (Kino video release)
Cinematography Harry Ensign
Edited by Charlie Chaplin
Distributed by Essanay Studios
General Film Company
Release date
April 1, 1915
Running time
33 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (original intertitles)
Full film

A Jitney Elopement was Charlie Chaplin's fifth film for Essanay Films. It starred Chaplin and Edna Purviance as lovers, with Purviance wanting Chaplin to take her away from an arranged marriage her father (played by Fred Goodwins) had planned for her. Chaplin does take her away in a jitney, a type of share taxi popular in the US between 1914 and 1916. Most of the film was made in San Francisco and includes scenes of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and the large windmills still on the park's west side.

A scene filmed in Golden Gate Park


Purviance's father wants her to marry wealthy Count Chloride de Lime. Chaplin, Purviance's true love, impersonates the Count at dinner.


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