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Between Showers (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 28 February 1914 (USA)
Charlie and another man compete in trying to help a young lady cross a muddy street. The rival finds a wooden plank which Charlie takes from him. They fight over an umbrella belonging to ... See full summary »

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Henry Lehrman

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Reed Heustis
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Masher
Ford Sterling ... Rival Masher
Chester Conklin ... Policeman
Edward Nolan Edward Nolan ... Chivalrous Policeman (as Eddie Nolan)
Peggy Pearce ... 1st Lady in Distress (as Velma Pierce)
Emma Clifton Emma Clifton ... 2nd Lady in Distress
Sadie Lampe Sadie Lampe ... Policeman's Lady Friend (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Charlie and another man compete in trying to help a young lady cross a muddy street. The rival finds a wooden plank which Charlie takes from him. They fight over an umbrella belonging to the rival. A policeman settles the dispute, ultimately arresting the rival. An innocent tramp is pushed into the lake. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rainy Day See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Emma Bell Clifton was hired by Mack Sennet because she resembled Mabel Normand. Some reviews mistakenly list Normand in the credits of this film and another film featuring Chaplin and Clifton called "A Film Johnnie". See more »

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Charlie and the umbrella
20 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, have been for over a decade now. Many films and shorts of his are very good to masterpiece, and like many others consider him a comedy genius and one of film's most important and influential directors.

He did do better than 'Between Showers'. Can understand why the Keystone period suffered from not being as best remembered or highly remembered than his later efforts, but they are mainly decent and important in their own right. 'Between Showers' is a long way from a career high, but does have historical significance for obvious reasons.

'Between Showers' is not as hilarious, charming or touching as his later work and a good deal of other shorts in the same period. The story is flimsy and the production values not as audacious, the humour only amusing and lacking freshness at times.

For someone who was new to the film industry and had literally just moved on from their stage background, 'Between Showers' is not bad at all.

While not audacious, the film hardly looks ugly, is more than competently directed and is appealingly played. Chaplin looks comfortable for so early on and shows his stage expertise while opening it up that it doesn't become stagy or repetitive shtick. The Tramp did become more likeable later but again he was still evolving.

Although the humour, charm and emotion was done even better and became more refined later, 'Between Showers' is mildly humorous, sweet and easy to like, though the emotion is not quite there. It moves quickly and doesn't feel too long or short.

Overall, far from one of Chaplin's best but not bad at all. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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