Review: ‘Easy Street’

Charlie Chaplin portrays a policeman. He gets the job and is assigned to 'Easy Street', a narrow thoroughfare which, from the daily routine, must be the place where all the rough-necks are trained. Leader of them is Eric Campbell, whose burly bulk aptly lends itself to Chaplin's scenario.

Charlie Chaplin portrays a policeman. He gets the job and is assigned to ‘Easy Street’, a narrow thoroughfare which, from the daily routine, must be the place where all the rough-necks are trained. Leader of them is Eric Campbell, whose burly bulk aptly lends itself to Chaplin’s scenario.

Before the new cop’s advent Eric and his mob have cleaned up other policemen by the group. So when Charlie appears with club and shield it looks like pie to the chief mauler. To awe the new cop, Eric bends a lamp-post in half, but in that endeavor Charlie leaps on his back, shoves Eric’s head through the lamp and turns on the gas. Thus is the king of the roughs arrested. But he does not stay long in the station house, simply breaking his handcuffs and starting in search of the new copper.

The rough-house that results is pretty nearly top class. Easy Street certainly has some rough work in it but it is the kind of stuff that Chaplin fans love.

Easy Street

Production

Mutual. Director Charles Chaplin; Screenplay Charles Chaplin; Camera William C. Foster, Rollie Totheroh

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1917. Running time: 29 MIN.

With

Charles Chaplin Edna Purviance Eric Campbell Albert Austin
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