His Prehistoric Past

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His Prehistoric Past
His prehistoric past.jpg
A scene from the film
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Mack Sennett
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charlie Chaplin
Mack Swain
Sydney Chaplin
Cinematography Frank D. Williams
Distributed by Keystone Studios
Release date
  • December 7, 1914 (1914-12-07)
Running time
21 minutes, 49 seconds (two reels)
Country United States
Language Silent film
His Prehistoric Past
Advertisement (1918)

His Prehistoric Past is a 1914 American short silent comedy film, written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, featuring a Chaplin in a stone-age kingdom trying to usurp the crown of King Low-Brow to win the affections of the king's favorite wife. The film was Chaplin's last at Keystone Studios.


Set in the stone age, King Low-Brow rules the land and a harem of wives. When Charlie arrives in this land (where every man has one thousand wives), he falls in love with the King's favorite wife. When the King falls over a cliff, he is presumed dead and Charlie crowns himself King. The King, however, is not dead and comes back and bashes Charlie over the head with a rock. It turns out it was a dream and a police man bashed Charlie over the head with his club because he was sleeping in the park.



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