Watched a few of his Mutuals this week-end, right now “The Vagabond” & “Pawnshop” are my favorites, that will change I’m sure.
His 12 Mutual short films (1916/1917) are considered by many to be his true Masterpieces.
Fulfilling the Mutual contract, I suppose, was the happiest period of my career. I was light and unencumbered, twenty-seven years old, with fabulous prospects and a friendly, glamorous world before me.
Charles Chaplin - My Autobiography - 1964
This scene in “Easy Street” (1917) his most celebrated “Mutual” is one of my favorites.
Charlie sees the minister’s daughter and get’s one of his classic love sick looks.
Charlie takes refuge in the dumb waiter
Charlie in trouble as usual.
In a posed publicity photo waiter Charlie Chaplin is the focus of his restaurant colleagues ire - waiter John Rand, cleaner Lloyd Bacon and chef Albert Austin
Charlie ChaplinCharlie Captured by Mutual - The New York Dramatic Mirror - Page 24 - March 4, 1916:
One A.M. (Chaplin Mutual #4) has been a favorite since I first saw it a couple years ago. Weird Thing #1: This is a Chaplin one-man show, a solo slapstick performance interacting with props and sets (actually one other actor, a cab driver, but he barely moves). Weird Thing #2: Chaplin is rich in this, apparently a big-game hunter with his own two-story house. Our man comes home very, very drunk and tries to negotiate the cab door, his bunches of stuffed animals, treacherous furniture and slippery floors, two staircases, a clock with a murderous pendulum, and a self-aware hideaway bed. Hilarity ensues.