Chaplin at Essanay

A Film Artist in Transition, 1915–1916

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About the Book

When Charlie Chaplin left Keystone Studios for more money and greater creative control at Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, he added more depth to his character, more thought to his direction, and more substance to his humor: at Essanay, he grew from a comedian to a true cinematic artist.
This work carefully examines all sixteen Chaplin comedies produced at Essanay—from His New Job (1915) to Triple Trouble (1918)—showing the artist in transition from the knockabout Keystone farces to more refined, sometimes brilliant Mutual productions.

About the Author(s)

James L. Neibaur is a film historian and educator with more than 20 books and hundreds of articles appearing in Cineaste, Classic Images, Film Quarterly, Films in Review, Filmfax, and Encyclopædia Britannica.

Bibliographic Details

James L. Neibaur
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: 36 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3512-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Introduction      1

1. Chaplin at Keystone: The Artist as Apprentice      11

2. The Essanay Studios      25

3. The Essanay Films      32

His New Job      33

A Night Out      46

The Champion      57

In the Park      68

A Jitney Elopement      76

The Tramp      84

By the Sea      94

Work      99

A Woman      107

The Bank      113

Shanghaied      121

A Night in the Show      126

4. Chaplin Signs with Mutual      133

Police      135

Burlesque on Carmen      144

Triple Trouble      158

5. Mutual and After      169

Appendix A: His Regeneration      179

Appendix B: Edna Purviance      182

Appendix C: Chaplin’s Post-Essanay Film List      188

Appendix D: Supporting Players      191

Appendix E: Compilation Films and Anthologies Featuring Chaplin Essanay Footage      200

Appendix F: Chaplin Cartoons      203

Bibliography      205

Index      209