in about 100 words or less
US 33m, B&W, Silent
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon, Ernest Van Pelt, Leo White
The father of a young woman promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to a rich stranger. Edna, already in love, secretly gets Charlie to pay a visit pretending to be the rich suitor. As Count de Ha Ha, Chaplin is eventually found to be an imposter, but not before an amusing dinner scene at her father’s table. Stealing Edna away from her father in a “Jitney” automobile, the balance of the film turns into a high-speed chase through undeveloped portions of San Francisco. Despite the slapstick elements of the chase, which include throwing bricks at the car following them, this is generally a more subdued comedy, and one in which Chaplin begins to develop his character’s relationships (Klaus Ming March 2019).