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A Night in the Show


Charlie plays two roles as two spectators at a music-hall show. It has a few good laughs and also provides an interesting look at old-fashioned theater entertainment.

A Night in the Show was Charlie Chaplin's 12th film for Essanay Studios. It was made at Majestic Studio in Los Angeles the fall of 1915 in film. Chaplin played two roles: one as Mr. Pest and one as Mr. Rowdy. The film was created from Chaplin's stage work from a play called Mumming Birds (aka A Night at an English Music Hall in the USA) with the Karno Company from London. Chaplin performed this play during his U.S. tours with Fred Karno company and decided to bring some of this play to his film work. Edna Purviance played a minor role as a lady in the audience.


Mr. Pest tries several theatre seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor and, eventually, the entire cast of an evening variety show.


  • Charles Chaplin - Mr. Pest and Mr. Rowdy
  • Edna Purviance - Lady in the Stalls with Beads
  • Charlotte Mineau - Lady in the Stalls
  • Dee Lampton - Fat Boy
  • Leo White - Frenchman/Negro in Balcony
  • Wesley Ruggles - Second Man in Balcony Front Row
  • John Rand (actor) - Orchestra Conductor
  • James T. Kelley - Trombone Player and Singer
  • Paddy McGuire (actor) - Feather Duster/Clarinet Player
  • May White - Fat Lady and Snake Charmer
  • Phyllis Allen - Lady in Audience
  • Fred Goodwins - Gentleman in Audience
  • Charles Inslee - Tuba Player

Category:1915 films
Category:Films directed by Charlie Chaplin
Category:American silent short films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:1910s comedy films
Category:American comedy films
Category:Essanay Studios films


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