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Director  Henry Lehrman
Producer  Mack Sennett
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Short, Comedy
Country  United States
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Language  Silent film English (Original intertitles)
Writer  Reed Heustis, Henry Lehrman
Release date  February 2, 1914
Screenplay  Henry Lehrman, Reed Heustis
Cast  Charles Chaplin (Swindler), Virginia Kirtley (Daughter), Alice Davenport (Mother), Henry Lehrman (Reporter), Minta Durfee (Woman), Chester Conklin (Policeman / Bum)
Similar movies  Charlie Chaplin appears in Making a Living and Kid Auto Races at Venice

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Making a Living (also known as Doing His Best, A Busted Johnny, Troubles and Take My Picture) is the first film starring Charlie Chaplin. It premiered on February 2, 1914. Chaplin plays Edgar English, a lady-charming swindler who runs afoul of the Keystone Kops. It was written and directed by Henry Lehrman.


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Chaplin's character attempts to convince a passerby (director Henry Lehrman) to give him money. Chaplin is then shown flirting with a woman and proposes to her, which she accepts. Lehrman enters to present the woman with flowers and a ring, which the woman refuses citing she's engaged. Lehman sees Chaplin and a slapstick fight between the two ensues. Later, Lehrman's character takes a photograph of an automobile accident; Chaplin's character steals the camera whilst the journalist is helping a trapped motorist and rushes back to the paper with it to claim the photograph as his own. A short pursuit with the Keystone Kops follows.

Chaplin's performance

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Chaplin wore a large moustache and a top hat in this film, he also carries a walking cane. Chaplin's famed screen persona of "The Little Tramp" did not appear until his next film, Kid Auto Races at Venice, but his character in this film is somewhat similar, having hat, cane, moustache and baggy trousers. In later accounts Chaplin lamented that the best of his performance had been left out of the final cut. Lehrman later admitted to deliberately mishandling the cutting of the film out of spite for Chaplin. The Fremont Hotel, Los Angeles is shown briefly in the background of a fighting scene in the road. This is one of only a couple of films in which Chaplin and the Keystone Cops both appear.


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  • Charlie Chaplin as Swindler
  • Virginia Kirtley as Daughter
  • Alice Davenport as Mother
  • Henry Lehrman as Reporter
  • Minta Durfee as Woman
  • Chester Conklin as Policeman / Bum
  • Charles Inslee as Newspaper Editor (uncredited)

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