Charlie Chaplin: The Idle Class (1921)


The Idle Class is a 1921 American silent comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin for First National Pictures.


The “Little Tramp” (Charlie Chaplin) heads to a resort for warm weather and a bit of golf. At the golf course, the Tramp’s theft of balls in play causes one golfer (Mack Swain) to mistakenly attack another (John Rand). Meanwhile, a neglected wife (Edna Purviance) leaves her wealthy husband (also played by Chaplin) until he gives up drinking. When the Tramp is later mistaken for a pickpocket, he crashes a masquerade ball to escape from a policeman. There, he is mistaken for the woman’s husband. Eventually, it is all straightened out, and the Tramp is once more on his way.


Charles Chaplin as Tramp / Husband
Edna Purviance as Neglected Wife
Mack Swain as Her Father
Henry Bergman as Sleeping Hobo / Guest in Cop Uniform
Al Ernest Garcia as Cop in Park / Guest
John Rand as Golfer / Guest
Rex Storey as Pickpocket / Guest
Lita Grey, Chaplin’s future wife, played a guest




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