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Charlie Chaplin's "The Count"


Charlie Chaplin's 55th Film released Sept. 04 1916. The Count was Charlie Chaplin's fifth film for Mutual Films. Co-starring Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance, it is a story about Charlie and his boss finding an invitation to a party from a real Count. Each try to play the role as the Count instead to catch the rich heiress played by Edna

The Count is Charlie Chaplin's fifth film for Mutual Film in 1916 in film. Released on September 4, it co-starred Eric Campbell (actor) and Edna Purviance.


The tailor's handyman (played by Chaplin) burns a count's trousers while ironing them and is fired. His superior (Campbell) discovers a note explaining the count can't attend a party, and dresses up like one to take his place.
Chaplin also goes to the residence hosting the party, but runs into the tailor. They both then struggle to win the fair maiden, Miss Moneybags (Purviance). Soon, Charlie is distracted by a gypsy girl and the tailor must fend off other suitors. The real Count finally arrives, learns of the imposters and calls the police. Chaplin makes a mad dash through the party and scampers away to safety.


  • Charles Chaplin - Tailor's apprentice
  • Edna Purviance - Miss Moneybags
  • Eric Campbell (actor) - Tailor

Sound version

In 1932, Van Beuren Studios of Van Beuren Studios, purchased Chaplin's Mutual comedies for $10,000 each, added music by Gene Rodemich and Winston Sharples and sound effects, and re-released them through RKO Radio Pictures. Chaplin had no legal recourse to stop the RKO release.

See also

  • Charlie Chaplin filmography

  • Category:Films directed by Charlie Chaplin
    Category:1916 films
    Category:American silent short films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:American films
    Category:1910s comedy films
    Category:Mutual Film films
    Category:1910s short films
    Category:American comedy films

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