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The Rounders (1914)

Unrated | | Comedy, Short | 7 September 1914 (USA)
Two drunks live in the same hotel. One beats his wife, the other is beaten by his. They go off and get drunk together. They try to sleep in a restaurant using tables as beds and are thrown ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... 1st Reveller
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... 2nd Reveller - Charlie's Neighbor
Phyllis Allen Phyllis Allen ... Charlie's Wife
Minta Durfee ... Fatty's Wife
Al St. John ... Bellhop / Waiter
Peggy Page Peggy Page ... (as Miss Page)
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Storyline

Two drunks live in the same hotel. One beats his wife, the other is beaten by his. They go off and get drunk together. They try to sleep in a restaurant using tables as beds and are thrown out. They lie down in a row boat which fills with water, drowning them (a fate apparently better than going home to their wives). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Down See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of the shots is shown in reverse to give the impression that Arbuckle and Chaplin rush to the edge of a lake and Chaplin almost falls in. As a tipoff to this technique, watch for the man walking backward in the background, and compare the rippling waves in the shot with the direction of the rippling in the following lakeside shot. See more »

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Charlie and Fatty find friendship with alcohol and mutual disdain for wives
16 January 2009 | by OldAle1See all my reviews

Like all of the very early Chaplin works on this VHS, the quality is rather poor and there are dropouts -- not from the tape, but from the film elements -- sometimes enough so that the action is hard to follow. Not that it matters a whole lot, as these are for the most part very simple films with lots of knockabout action, broad humor, and very little else. This short with the previous "Masquerader" is a little bit more imaginative and interesting than the first three.

"The Rounders" again features Fatty Arbuckle; this time Charlie and Fatty are neighbors in a cheap apartment building, each with wife trouble: Fatty beats up his wife, while Charlie gets beaten by his. They make enough racket that their wives get angry and send them next door to shut up the other neighbor, but after a little bit of knockabout Charlie and Fatty decide instead to split some booze and go off to a fancy restaurant, where after more mischief they are kicked out, only to go off in a leaky rowboat together, apparently drowning at the finish! Just about as good as the previous short, "The Masquerader", quite solid and re-watchable.


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