The Idle Class (1921)

The Idle Class


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Charlie Chaplin's eighth film under his million dollar contract with First National is a return to the two reel form, and to the lightness of the Mutual style. Chaplin plays dual role, that of a vacationing Tramp, and a high society inebriate husband. Arriving in Miami on the same train are Edna Purviance, a neglected and lonely wife, who descends from the coach, and Chaplin, who emerges from the baggage compartment under a train car, complete with baggage and golf clubs. Chaplin hitches a ride … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Chaplin
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Very funny comedy short.

Full Review… | August 16, 2014
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Chaplin is back to the Mutual-style two-reelers with this light comedy, playing two roles in a funny story of mistaken identities. Enjoyable, though not really special.

Carlos Magalh„es

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This movie is funny for the most part, but it really needed to be longer and have more dialogue, I think. It could have been a really great movie with more time, the story is really good.

Aj V

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Charlie Chaplin plays two roles in this two reel short, both the Tramp and a high society alcoholic husband with mistaken identity and plenty of antics ensuing from this strikingly similar appearance! The film features plenty of gags and slapstick humor and also the usual heart that goes into a Chaplin film. I've only seen a few two-reel Chaplin films (Seen many more Keaton two-reels) but they don't quite get to the level of his feature films as there isn't enough time to elaborate. If you are a Chaplin fan though then this and pretty much any of his work is appreciated and sought after and this short is no different!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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