“The Pawnshop” is a 1916 American silent comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. The film follows Chaplin’s character, the Little Tramp, as he works in a pawnshop. The plot revolves around various comedic situations that arise from the customers and items that come into the shop.
The film features several memorable scenes, including the Little Tramp trying to fix a clock, a customer trying to sell a stolen revolver, and a hilarious confrontation between the Little Tramp and an ornery customer (played by fellow comedian Henry Bergman). The film also includes a romantic subplot involving a beautiful customer (played by Edna Purviance), who catches the Little Tramp’s eye.
As with many of Chaplin’s films, “The Pawnshop” is notable for its physical comedy and innovative use of visual gags. It also features Chaplin’s trademark slapstick humor and his ability to infuse humor into even the most mundane situations.
Overall, “The Pawnshop” is a classic example of early silent comedy and remains a popular and entertaining film today. It is widely considered to be one of Chaplin’s best short films and is a testament to his enduring legacy as a comedic genius.
Charles Chaplin, Vincent Bryan, Maverick Terrell
Charles Chaplin, Henry Bergman, Edna Purviance