The Fireman 1916: A Iconic Charlie Chaplin Comedy

When Charles Chaplin signed a record-setting contract with the Mutual Film Corporation in February 1916. It was the culmination of events that changed the motion picture business. He turned out twelve outstanding comedy shorts in a row that have stood the test of time for more than a century.

Author Michael J. Hayde, whose book “Chaplin’s Vintage Year: The History of the Mutual-Chaplin Specials” was named by Leonard Maltin as a “New and Notable Film Book” for 2013, will introduce this programCharles Chaplin comedies (phim hai Sac Lo) including “The Fireman” (1916) – 24 min., “The Pawn Shop” (1916) – 25 min. and “The Adventurer” (1917) – 24 min. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Andrew Simpson. Digital presentation.

Programs are free and open to the public. But children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted. Short films may be shown before some features.

Released in June 1916, it starred Charlie Chaplin as the fireman and Edna Purviance as the daughter to Leo White. Leo White played a character trying to arrange with Eric Campbell (the fire chief) to have his house burn down so he could collection the insurance money. Shows some early day street scenes in the surrounding Los Angeles area.

The Fireman (Sac Lo: Linh Cuu Hoa) is the second film Charlie Chaplin created for Mutual Film in 1916 in film. Released on June 12, it starred Chaplin as the fireman and Edna Purviance as the daughter to Lloyd Bacon.

The Fireman Cast

  • Charles Chaplin as Fireman
  • Edna Purviance as Girl
  • Lloyd Bacon as Her Father
  • Eric Campbell (actor) as Foreman of the Brigade
  • Leo White as Owner of Burning House
  • Albert Austin as Fireman
  • John Rand (actor) as Fireman
  • James T. Kelley as Fireman
  • Frank J. Coleman as Fireman

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