Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Star Boarder - 1914

Country: USA
Language: English
Director: George Nichols
Writer: Craig Hutchinson, and Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Stars: Charles Chaplin (The Star Boarder), Minta Durfee (Landlady), Edgar Kennedy (Landlady's Husband), Gordon Griffith (The Son) and Alice Davenport (Landlady's Friend)
Release Date: 4 April 1914 (USA)
Also known as: Charlie spelar tennis (Sweden); Charlot quiere a la patrona (Spain - reissue title); Charlot, huésped ideal (Spain); In Love with His Landlady (undefined); The Fatal Lantern (USA - alternative title); The Hash-House Hero (undefined); The Landlady's Pet (USA - alternative title)
Production Co: Keystone Film Company
Runtime: 16 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Landlady | Boarding House | Slide Show | Brat | Magic Lantern  |  Camera | Ladder | Drunkenness | Public Domain | Tennis | Husband Wife Relationship | Misunderstanding | Young Boy | Caught In The Act | Jealousy | Ice Box | Cuckold | Flirting | Spanking | Two Reeler
Genres: Comedy | Short
Charlie stays at a boarding-house, where he is the landlady's favorite. Her husband grows jealous when observing this. Their little son has a camera. He happens to take some photos of his mother and Charlie in situations which are innocent but look indecent. He also takes a photo of his father and a female boarding-guest in a similar situation. In the evening the boy arranges a slide show in the boarding-house. Suddenly also the equivocal photos of his parents appear on the screen. His jealous father gets furious and starts chasing Charlie. Soon all the boarding-guests are involved in the fight.  

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