The Rounders (1914 film)

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The Rounders
The Rounders poster.jpg
Theatrical poster to The Rounders
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Produced by Mack Sennett
Written by Charles Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin
Roscoe Arbuckle
Cinematography Frank D. Williams
Edited by Charles Chaplin
Distributed by Mutual Film
Release date
  • 1914 (1914)
Running time
16 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles
Full film

The Rounders is a 1914 comedy short starring Charles Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle. The film involves two drunks who get into trouble with their wives, and was written and directed by Chaplin.


A drunk reveller (Chaplin) returns home to a scolding from his wife. Then his equally inebriated neighbor (Arbuckle) goes home to a cold reception from his wife. When the first couple hear the physical altercation across the hall (the second man starts strangling his wife after she hits him), the reveller's wife sends him to investigate. The two men flee together and end up in a cafe, where they also cause trouble. When their spouses track them down, they escape, this time to a leaky rowboat. Safely out of reach of their wives, they fall asleep, oblivious to the rising water into which they eventually disappear.


Chaplin and Arbuckle in the final scene.

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