The Rink (1916)
Charlie Chaplin's eighth film for Lone Star/Mutual was also his last for 1916. He was supposed to have completed all 12 of the films called for in the contract, but had justifiably taken more time with each succeeding film and would take another 10 months to complete the "golden dozen." The Rink is another of Chaplin's imposture films, in which a lower-class working stiff impersonates a member of the upper crust. It is inspired, mostly in its setting, by the Fred Karno sketch "Skating," which was written by his brother Sydney and in which both brothers had starred during their tenures with Karno's pantomime comedy troupe. The film opens on a scene of domesticity in which society girl Edna Purviance wakes her napping father while playing with her kitten which is perched on his shoulder. Charlie is a waiter in a restaurant. He adds up Mr. Stout's (Eric Campbell) bill by examining the residue on his tie, shirt and ears. He gets into trouble with the boss for fighting with the other waiter, going in the out door and annoying the customers. A romantic quadrangle begins to form as Edna's father, lunching in Charlie's restaurant, encounters and flirts with Mrs. Stout (Henry Bergman). Meanwhile Mr. Stout has gone on to the skating rink where he flirts with and tries to mash Edna. Charlie, on his lunch break also arrives at the rink and here begins a virtual ballet on skates. He rescues Edna from Stout's advances, literally skating circles around him, pulling him down at every opportunity, creating havoc at the rink and charming Edna in the process. Outside the rink, Edna invites Charlie to her skating party. He gives her his calling card, identifying himself as "Sir Cecil Seltzer, C.O.D." A few moments later Edna also invites a female friend to the party, who in turn invites her old friend, Mr. Stout. When Edna goes home she excitedly tells her father about the charming Lord she's met, and father calls Mrs. Stout and invites her as well. That evening at the party Sir Cecil enters in a rather mock aristocratic manner and the parties to the quadrangle agree to keep mum about the day's incidents. Soon the skating party devolves into a showdown between Charlie and Stout, clearing the rink of guests. The cops are finally summoned, but they and the male skaters are no match for the deft and speedy Charlie, who makes his escape by catching on to a passing auto with his cane and skating away with the others in hopeless pursuit. … More
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I liked how they had everyone on skates, it was pretty funny, but the story needs more attention in this one, it doesn't have much of a story, and it would have been funnier with a good story behind it.More
Classic Charlie Chaplin silent movie. Charlie is a clumsy waiter who spends his lunchtime at the roller rink, where he meets his love interest and gets invited to a party.More
There is plenty of fun provided by Charlie Chaplin on the rollers and he displayed a surprising cleverness on them. A number of funny falls occurred as was looked for, with Charlie outshining and outwitting any of the others on the floor. When he couldn't trip the "big guy" who was attempting to cop his girl, he used his old standby, the bamboo cane.More
Running at 24 minutes in length, Chaplin's two-reel short "The Rink" a.k.a. "Rolling Around" features Chaplin as both a waiter and on skates throughout this series of misadventures. The short is classic Chaplin and has it's share of gags and slapstick as well as his overall charm and warmth present in all of his character portrayals. This is actually his eighth of the "golden dozen" shorts that he did with Mutual Studios and are every bit as funny and historic as his features!More
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