98 years ago today March 18th 1915 this Essanay film was released.
Coming to the end of his contract with Keystone Studios - he and Mack Sennett had not come to terms on a new contract, Mack thought it foolish for Charlie to leave feeling he would not fare well - this is what Charlie said to him:
I told Sennett:
“All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”
Charles Chaplin “My Autobiography” - 1964
Charlie Chaplin did many successful short films with just this combination.
The bottom picture is a staged photo and I just noticed people in the background looking on.