The Pawnshop (1916)

The Pawnshop





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Movie Info

This silent movie with music track tells the story of Charlie, pawnbroker's assistant.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Chaplin
In Theaters:


as Pawnshop Assistant

as Pawnbroker

as His Daughter

as Pawnshop Assistant

as Client with Clock

as Client with Ring

as Female Client with G...

as Policeman

as Burglar
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Audience Reviews for The Pawnshop

Charlie Chaplin offered a series of comic essays on the trades and professions; he presented a fantastic gallery of the skilled and unskilled in a few minutes of this silent comedy film. When a man brought in an alarm clock and Charlie accepted it. Examined it he became, successively, a heart specialist, a doctor, a specialist in antiques, a driller, a housewife, a dentist, a plumber, a jeweller, a ribbon clerk, and a cook. It was one of the greatest scenes Chaplin ever made.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

The clock-repair scene is hilarious but, otherwise, the slapstick punches and ladder gags seem like tired cliches now. Oh no, and here comes the stern but hapless street cop....

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

One of Chaplin's first films The Pawnshop has some funny gags but isn't anything spectacular. Chaplin's physical comedy is as good as anyone and with such an early film in the annuals of history you could tell he was still perfecting the trade. The fight sequences between Chaplin and John Rand are enough to give it a watch.

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