His New Job

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Jess Robbins
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Louella Parsons[1]
Starring Charles Chaplin
Ben Turpin
Charlotte Mineau
Leo White
Robert Bolder
Charles J. Stine
Arthur W. Bates
Jess Robbins
Edited by Bret Hampton
Charlie Chaplin
Distributed by Essanay Studios
Release date
  • February 1, 1915 (1915-02-01)
Running time
32 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
Full film

His New Job is a 1915 American short silent comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin.[2] Gloria Swanson appears as an uncredited extra.[2] The title is an inside reference to this being Chaplin's first film after leaving Keystone Studios for Essanay Studios. It was also the only film Chaplin shot at Essanay's Chicago studio. He found the facilities and climate (His New Job was shot in mid-winter) not to his liking, and Chaplin soon relocated back to California.


When one of the actors on a movie set doesn't show up, Charlie gets his chance to be on camera and replaces the actor. While waiting, he plays in a dice game and gets on many people's nerves. When he finally gets to act, he ruins his scene, accidentally destroys the set, and tears the skirt of the star of the movie.


Preservation status[edit]

A print of the film is preserved at the George Eastman House and is now in the public domain.[2]


  1. ^ Kelley, Michelle. "Profile: Louella Parsons and Harriet Parsons". columbia.edu. Women Film Pioneer Project. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Progressive Silent Film List: His New Job". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 

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