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19 February 1914 (USA) See more »
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  (Credited cast)
Ford Sterling
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Hauber
George Jeske ... Cop
Edgar Kennedy ... Crook
Virginia Kirtley
Harry McCoy
Rube Miller ... Cop
Mack Swain ... Crook
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Film historian Paul Gierucki discovered a 16mm print of this previously "lost" film in 2010. In a surprise, it contained Charles Chaplin in a bit part as a Keystone Kop.See more »


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Chaplin Caught, 17 July 2010
Author: boblipton from New York City

I was fortunate enough to be at Slapsticon 2010 where this unknown Chaplin picture -- removed from his filmography by BFI edict in 1938 -- was re-premiered I would like to tell you of Chaplin's brilliance, but really, it is a fine Ford Sterling piece as the chief Keystone Kop in civvies, this time, takes his dog out for a run and gets waylaid by baddies Mack Swain and Edgar Kennedy. It's fine stuff if you enjoy Ford Sterling in snarling mode, and I do.

Charlie is present as a cop on the beat who runs into the bad guys and is quickly driven off and he is unmistakable -- until his half-brother Syd showed up the following year, no one at Keystone moved like him and as the third film in which he had a role and the fourth released, there was no Chaplin mania and no imitators yet.

As a previously lost Chaplin it's an important film, but if you enjoy it, it won't be for Chaplin. But it's a good one nonetheless.

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