Work (film)

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Chaplin and Purviance in Work.jpg
Still of Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance for the film.
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Jess Robbins
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin
Charles Inslee
Billy Armstrong
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
June 21, 1915
Running time
33 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (original intertitles)

Work is a 1915 silent film starring Charlie Chaplin (his eighth film for Essanay Films), and co-starring Edna Purviance, Marta Golden and Charles Inslee. It was filmed at the Majestic Studio in Los Angeles.


Charlie is an assistant to Izzy A. Wake, a painter and paper hanger. The two are on their way to work via a cart. The boss rides in the cart, sitting atop all their paraphernalia, while Charlie is hitched to the cart like a mule. When the boss opts to take a shortcut up a steep hill, twice the out-of-control cart descends into busy traffic. A third attempt to scale the enormous hill is successful. At the house they are to paper, Charlie becomes distracted by the pretty maid. The boss has a misadventure and falls, his head ending up in a bucket of paste. Meanwhile the homeowner is contending with the threat of an exploding stove and an amorous French visitor who is making passes at his wife. Shots are fired--and the target turns out to be Charlie who has been enjoying the maid's company. An enraged Charlie gives the Frenchman, his boss, and the homeowner each a face full of paste. As the fight moves into the kitchen, the stove finally explodes. When the dust dies down, Charlie is nowhere to be seen. Slowly the oven door opens. Charlie looks out and retreats back into the stove.


A reviewer from Bioscope praised Work, noting, "The humor is designed to rise in a long crescendo of screams to a climax of roars. Positively, the thing is irresistible."

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