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  Edna Purviance and Charles Chaplin.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Also known as Työ in Finland; Charlot apprenti in France; Arbeit in Germany; Charlot, trabajando de papelista, Charlot trabaja, Charlot, empapelador, and Carlitos empapelador in Spain; Charlie på arbete in Sweden : [The Paperhanger], [Charlie at Work], [Only a Working Man], [The Plumber]
(1915) American
B&W : Two reels
Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charles Chaplin [the paperhanger’s assistant], Edna Purviance [the pretty maid], Billy Armstrong [the man of the house], Marta Golden [the lady of the house], Charles Insley [the paperhanger], Leo White [the dandy], Paddy McGuire [the bricklayer]

Essanay Film Manufacturing Company production; distributed by [?] The General Film Company, Incorporated, or V-L-S-E, Incorporated? / Produced by Jess Robbins. Scenario by Charles Chaplin. Scenist artist (set design by), E.T. Mazy. Assistant director, Ernest Van Pelt. Cinematography by Harry Ensign [?] R.H. Totheroh (Roland H. Totheroh)? Edited by Charles Chaplin. / Released 21 June 1915. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot in the Majestic Studio and on Los Angeles locations, including at the Bradbury Mansion, 147 North Hill Street, Los Angeles. The film was released in Spain on 28 January 1918. The film was rereleased in the USA by Victor Kremer Film Features on 1 April 1919.


Synopsis: Charlie is an apprentice paperhanger who causes trouble for his lazy boss and an indignant suitor in an upscale home.

Survival status: Prints exist.

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Dandies - Domestics: Maids - Laborers: Paperhangers - Ladders - Stairs - Tobacco: Cigarettes

Listing updated: 17 May 2012.

References: Film viewing : Bardèche-History p. 119; Jacobs-Chaplin p. 136; Kerr-Silent p. 79; Lahue-World p. 32; Sinyard-Silent p. 107; Sklar-Movie p. 113 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

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