"Between Showers" -released 100 years ago - February 28th 1914
Give Charlie a break this was his 4th time in front of the camera - the tramp we came to know was just in his infancy :)
He has a few cute moments and is really the highlight of the film
The concept of the film, a guy (Ford Sterling) steals an umbrella from a policeman (Chester Conklin), he spots a woman trying to cross a puddle he hands her the umbrella, he goes to get a piece of wood encounters Charlie who also wants to help the woman across, they spend so much time doing this a policeman helps her, the guy goes after the woman for the umbrella, he and Charlie fight, Charlie ends up with the umbrella….
"A FILM JOHNNIE" Released 100 years ago today - March 2, 1914
The tramp is in love with the Keystone girl, when he watches her on the screen he really thinks she is being attacked and runs over to the Keystone Studios to rescue her, needless to say he creates absolute chaos.
You actually see behind the scenes at Keystone Studios, a scene where the Keystone players arrive at work, the Keystone girl played by Peggy Pearce, brought to light in James Neibaur’s book “Charlie Chaplin Artist in Transition, Apprentice at Keystone”, previously identified as Virgina Kirtley, Charlie at that time had a real thing for and mentions it in his biography “the moment we met we ignited; it was mutual, my heart sang” - pg 156 & one of the true gifts he brought to film:
Comic transposition or bits of business were one of the key elements to Charlie Chaplin’s artistic genius. Charlie had the ability to look at something and imagine it as something entirely different. - Here a pistol suggests something to light his cigarette with.