A Night Out (Champagne Charlie) (Charlie's Drunken Daze) (His Night Out)

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In his second Essanay comedy Charlie Chaplin is teamed with cross-eyed comic Ben Turpin as two drunks on a spree. It is noteworthy as his first film with Edna Purviance, who was to be his love interest in films for the next eight years, and in real life for the next three. It combines elements from at least three Keystones, Mabel's Strange Predicament, The Rounders and Caught in the Rain, but uses a number of comic transpositions of the type that were to become Chaplin's hallmark. Charlie and Ben carouse to a saloon and a restaurant, incurring the wrath of a French boulevardier and a restaurant manager. Ejected from the restaurant, they return to their hotel room where they meet Edna, whose room is across the hall. Charlie flirts with Edna until her husband, the restaurant manager, returns and chases him away. Charlie and Ben then have a fight, and Charlie packs and leaves the hotel, checking into another one nearby. Edna and hubby decide they don't like the hotel either and move into Charlie's. Charlie undresses for bed in his room while Edna, across the hall, plays fetch with her dog. When she throws her slipper into the hallway, the dog takes it into Charlie's room and under his bed. Chasing the dog, Edna hides under Charlie's bed when he re-enters the room from the bathroom. He escorts her back to her room but is caught there by the irate husband. When hubby draws a pistol, Charlie escapes through the window but makes his way back into the hotel. He encounters Ben who has come looking for Charlie's share of the rent on their former room, and a fight ensues in which Charlie ends up floundering in the bathtub.


Ben Turpin
as Fellow Reveler
Bud Jamison
as Headwaiter
Edna Purviance
as Headwaiter's Wife
Leo White
as French Dandy

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  • Oct 13, 2010
    Again, Ben Turpin was great if not better than Chaplin's performance here. As usual, there's lots of kicks, slaps, punches and a freefall. But what made this Essanay short work is the chemistry between Turpin and Chaplin; The rest is a usual exercise of comic excesses, and part of Chaplin's continuing dress rehearsals into greater things.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2009
    The video I saw wasn't a very good transfer. However I don't know if there are other copies with more complete footage or if this is pretty much the best available. Charlie works with four of his regular collaborators, Turpin, Jamison, Purviance, and White. As one of the versions of the title states this is all about a drunken daze. Pratfalls and slapstick all happen through accidents. Charlie doesn't appear to be aware of most of what's going on. So there is not as much social commentary going on in this one. The dandy seems stuck up and Charlie and Ben are just trying to enjoy themselves, but flailing arms and random pokes only lead to a manic fight between Charlie and Ben in the end.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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