in about 100 words or less
US 33m, B&W, Silent
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charles Chaplin, Ben Turpin, Bud Jamison, Edna Purviance, Leo White
A Night out is about a pair of intoxicated hobos who make trouble in a fancy restaurant. Eventually thrown out for their bothersome behaviour, Charlie and Ben find their way into a hotel where they further their shenanigans at the expense of the same couple who they bothered during dinner. As the first of over 30 films that Edna Purviance would make with Chaplin, A Night is also Chaplin’s first film with the Essanay Film Company, and one that seems to mark a real departure from the pure slapstick of his earlier comedies (Klaus Ming March 2019).