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CHAPLAIN MUTUAL COMEDIES, PART 3

For Hicksflicks.com, March 28, 2014

If you need a laugh, the Organ Loft is the place to go tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Friday, March 28).

Or if you want your kids/grandkids to understand why Charlie Chaplin is still considered one of the funniest comedians that ever lived — a century after he began grinding out short comedies for silent cinema.

Three of his best two-reelers comprise "The Chaplin Mutual Comedies, Part 3" (1916), the third of four programs being offered by the Organ Loft with live musical (and sound-effects) accompaniment.

All three pictures are riotous entries from this remarkable period when Chaplin was making one short film after another with remarkable speed and at the peak of his comic powers. All three also co-star two of his favorite stock company during this period, Edna Purvience and Eric Campbell.

"Behind the Screen" is a backstage movie-studio farce with Chaplin's "Little Tramp" as a stagehand who performs feats of slapstick with various props, gets involved in an employee strike and falls for an aspiring actress.

"The Rink" is one of Chaplin's most famous — and most charming shorts — especially memorable for his remarkable, sometimes eye-popping, comic skill on roller skates in the second half when the Tramp, as a waiter, takes a lunch break to woo Purvience at the local roller rink.

"Easy Street" has Chaplin's Tramp joining the police force after he has reformed and vowed to help clean up the streets. His main adversary is Campbell as an indefatigable bully, leading to a series of chases, fights and clever ways of saving the day.