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The Bank (1915)

TV-G | | Comedy, Short | 9 August 1915 (USA)
Charlie does everything but an efficient job as janitor. Edna buys her fiance, the cashier, a birthday present. Charlie thinks "To Charles with Love" is for him. He presents her a rose ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Janitor
Edna Purviance ... Stenographer
Billy Armstrong ... Another Janitor
Carl Stockdale ... Cashier
Charles Inslee ... Bank President (as Charles Insley)
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Storyline

Charlie does everything but an efficient job as janitor. Edna buys her fiance, the cashier, a birthday present. Charlie thinks "To Charles with Love" is for him. He presents her a rose which she throws in the garbage. Depressed, Charlie dreams of a bank robbery and his heroic role in saving the manager and Edna ... but it is only a dream. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie in the Bank See more »

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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was restored in 2014 through the Chaplin Essanay Project thanks to the financial support of Susan Harmon and Richard Meyer. See more »

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Featured in Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003) See more »

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The Bank
4 November 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Chaplin's comic persona still wasn't fully formed when he made this 1915 short for Essanay, but his development was gathering pace and, while there are still dislikeable elements about his character he is not as mean-spirited as he was in his earlier incarnations. Here he plays Charlie the janitor, a lowly worker at a bank who mistakenly believes the pretty teller (played by Edna Purviance) loves him, when she really loves a dapper bank clerk by the same name.

Chaplin's comic timing is perfect as always and he makes difficult tricks look easy as he wages war on a fellow worker. Oddly, while the film works a little too hard to tug at the audience's heartstrings, there is no happy ending to this one, and by the final credits the true colours of both Charlie and his love rival are exposed.


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