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Pay Day (1922)

TV-G | | Comedy, Short | 2 April 1922 (USA)
After a difficult day at work, a bricklayer tries to enjoy his pay day without his wife knowing.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Laborer (as Charlie Chaplin)
Phyllis Allen Phyllis Allen ... His Wife
Mack Swain ... Foreman
Edna Purviance ... Foreman's Daughter
Syd Chaplin ... Charlie's Friend and Lunch Cart Owner
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Workman
John Rand John Rand ... Workman
Loyal Underwood ... Workman
Henry Bergman ... Drinking Companion
Al Ernest Garcia ... Drinking Companion and Policeman
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Storyline

Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. As he leaves work his wife takes the pay he has hidden in his hat. But he steals her purse so he can go out for the evening. He has a terrible time getting home on a very rainy night. When he does so he finds his wife waiting for him with a rolling pin. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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See Charlie juggle bricks and dodge the foreman---and hide his pay check from his wife. (Print Ad-Lake Benton News, ((Lake Benton, Minn.)) 2 May 1924)

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fizetés napja See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$129,550
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is Charles Chaplin's final short film. See more »

Quotes

Laborer: Which way to Christen-zen-zen Street?
[a man points one way, he goes the other]
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Follows The Chinaman (1920) See more »

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A Short Comedy With Lots of Variety
6 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This Chaplin short has a lot of variety and some great moments. The first half is especially good, with some very good material featuring Charlie working at a construction site. There is a part with Charlie laying bricks that you will want to see if you are a Chaplin fan - it must have taken a lot of care and planning to film. The film also gets a lot of mileage out of the service elevator that the crew is using. The second part of the movie is not really as good as the first, mostly in that it relies too much on drunkenness for comic effect, but it also has some good gags. The best moments of this part are with Charlie and his imposing wife.


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