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A Film Johnnie (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 2 March 1914 (USA)
Charlie attempts to meet his favorite movie actress at the Keystone Studio, but does not win friends there.


George Nichols


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Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Film Johnnie
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Himself - Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Peggy Pearce ... The Keystone Girl
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Ford Sterling ... Himself


Charlie goes to the movie and falls in love with a girl on the screen. He goes to Keystone Studios to find her. He disrupts the shooting of a film, and a fire breaks out. Charlie is blamed, gets squirted with a firehose, and is shoved by the female star. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

2 March 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie the Actor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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| (Ontario)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charlie Chaplin's 5th film released. March 02 1914. See more »


Members of the audience behind Charlie Chaplin change - for example, Minta Durfee is sitting behind Chaplin in some shots, but a different actress is seated behind him in others. See more »

Alternate Versions

1930s reissue version, entitled Film Johnny, (released on DVD) omits the opening sequence in the movie theater. See more »


Featured in Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp (1980) See more »

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I Know That Film.
10 October 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Charlie Chaplin

Often it is recommended to see the work of Charlie Chaplin with like subtitles- the one that explains the themes and even jokes- and also the subtextual theme that it sings so melodiously. Chaplin is above all, one of the best filmmakers I know of. Maybe, that is because I wish to seek that in him. So I see it. Scooting over the brilliance of choice of his on tiny ticks like body language and the oddly and yet social style that he adopts, let's focus on the unexplored territory- hopefully! For a guy that defies the basic physics laws, it is extremely mesmerizing to see Chaplin work so logically and convince us in believing in his laws.

This is one of those things that Marvel does much better than DC these days. And that is to know not only the characteristics of that superhero but to enhance it as an element, nay.. even as an antic to swoon its audience. Another thing to note is that it is not always that he finds trouble through his clumsy nature.

His eye for an eye attitude also elevates the flame and you can always see him crossing that line where he loses his grasp over what's practical and what's sketchy. And there is always that moment where you can draw the line where he asks for the beating that he is about to take and he has to, if he has to justify these many adventures or more precisely, debacles. What I love about the world Chaplin so confidently projects is the simplicity of it. Coincidence is a character that you will have to get used to just as his odd limping-alike walk, his iconic coat, long hat and a strong thick cane like his mustache- I am sorry, I know I said untouched.

A Film Johnnie

Often mind numbing and all distorted chaos, this short film does give us few steady moments to look forward to, doesn't matter if it won't go anywhere. And maybe that's why this act doesn't have the expected lasting impact as your normal chapter does. The only aspect of this storyline that is feasible is probably the time when this was made. Meaning, the plot bottles down to the security clearance or issues, something that could have been easily hack into just as Chaplin does here. That final half of the show that is just run and skip and push and seize is something that never did and does communicate. Probably because there is less homework involved; choreography wise. While the first act is simply beautiful to encounter. From the moment he enters the cinema until he is thrown out, his performance is exceptional; I mean, he literally fries during the show.

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