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Charlie Chaplin's "His New Job"


Charlie Chaplin's 36th Film released Feb. 01 1915

His New Job is a 1915 American Short film Silent film comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin.< name="silentera"></> Gloria Swanson appears as an uncredited extra.< name="silentera" /> The title is an inside erence to this being Chaplin's first film after leaving Keystone Studios for Essanay Studios. It was also the only film Chaplin shot at Essanay's Chicago studio. He found the facilities and climate (His New Job was shot in mid-winter) not to his liking, and Chaplin soon relocated back to California.


When one of the actors on a movie set doesn't show up, Charlie gets his chance to be on camera and replaces the actor. While waiting, he plays in a dice game and gets on many people's nerves. When he finally gets to act, he ruins his scene, accidentally destroys the set, and tears the skirt of the star of the movie.


  • Charles Chaplin - Film Extra
  • Ben Turpin - Film Extra, in Afternoon
  • Charlotte Mineau - Film Extra
  • Leo White - Actor, Hussar Officer
  • Robert Bolder - Studio President
  • Charles J. Stine - Director
  • Arthur W. Bates - Carpenter
  • Jess Robbins - Cameraman
  • Gloria Swanson - Extra, Stenographer (uncredited)

Preservation status

A print of the film is preserved at the George Eastman House and is now in the public domain.< name="silentera" />

Category:1915 films
Category:1910s comedy films
Category:American films
Category:American comedy films
Category:American silent short films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Essanay Studios films
Category:Films about filmmaking
Category:Films directed by Charlie Chaplin
Category:Films shot in Chicago, Illinois


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