The Idle Class

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The Idle Class
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Directed byCharles Chaplin
Produced byCharles Chaplin
Written byCharles Chaplin
StarringCharles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Henry Bergman
Mack Swain
Music byJohnnie von Haines (1969)
CinematographyRoland Totheroh
Edited byCharles Chaplin
Production
company
Distributed byFirst National
Playhouse Home Video (1985) (USA)
Key Video (1989) (USA) (VHS)
Image Entertainment (2000) (USA) (DVD)
Koch Vision (2000) (USA) (DVD)
MK2 Diffusion (2001) (World-wide) (all media)
Warner Home Video (2004, DVD)
Continental Home Vídeo (Brazil) (VHS)
Release date
  • September 25, 1921 (1921-09-25)
Running time
32 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
The Idle Class

The Idle Class is a 1921 American silent comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin for First National Pictures.

Plot summary[edit]

The "Little Tramp" (Charlie Chaplin) heads to a resort for warm weather and a bit of golf. At the golf course, the Tramp's theft of balls in play causes one golfer (Mack Swain) to mistakenly attack another (John Rand). Meanwhile, a neglected wife (Edna Purviance) leaves her wealthy husband (also played by Chaplin) until he gives up drinking. When the Tramp is later mistaken for a pickpocket, he crashes a masquerade ball to escape from a policeman. There, he is mistaken for the woman's husband. Eventually, it is all straightened out, and the Tramp is once more on his way.

Review[edit]

Helen Rockwell of the New York Telegraph wrote, "... instead of going for a five-reel affair, he has returned to his first short love. But what there is of The Idle Class is so good and so funny that one realizes how much better is it to be entertained by two reels than bored in five."[1]

Cast[edit]

Lita Grey, Chaplin's future wife, played a guest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Idle Class (25 September 1921)". Chaplin: Film by Film. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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