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The Sunday Intertitle: Edna

Posted in FILM with tags , , on April 11, 2021 by dcairns

I think this must be the worst “joke” or attempted joke in any Chaplin film. I think the next generation of Chaplin scholars should devote themselves to finding a plausible reason to believe he didn’t write it.

We know Charlie’s brother Sydney revamped the intertitles of many of the Keystone films. Perhaps we could devise a way to attribute the above disaster of a pun to the cannibal in the family? Sydney is the only member of the clan of whom it might be said that, if he were responsible for the intertitle, it still wouldn’t be the worst thing he ever did.

The film is A JITNEY ELOPEMENT, another film from Chaplin’s busy April, 1915. I will say more about it anon.