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12 April 2012

Pay Day (1922) [Silent Film-a-thon 2] 8#


Directed by: Charles Chaplin
Genre: Comedy
USA
Black and White, 28 Minute
In one of Chaplin’s final short-reeler comedies, were he also does not play his tramp character. Except here, he is an employed worker. We get some excellent gags out of this film that has a wonderful ending that just makes you laugh at the stereotype we see (being a nagging wife).
The funniest and most impressive gag in the film is the other workers throw Chaplin up bricks, where he seems to catch them magically. This is even baffling for me as while I consider it a reversed clip (which it could be), some of the motion does not look reversed at all. We see one brick landing in the middle of his legs were he catches it, which could not have been a reversed clip as it happens in the middle of all the action. For the time, it is an impressive and very funny gag to watch.
The tramp also seems to have trouble getting home in the middle of the film, where he keeps running to the trams stopping, but due to giant crowds, he has been unsuccessful. One other great gag here, is the character trying to hide his money from his wife as he walks down the street, unaware that she is right behind him.


The wife in this Chaplin short is the angriest among all the characters. Even moreso than the angry foreman. This I thought was an excellent touch to the comedy as it is a well-known, but amusing representation. She takes all of his money, and the ending shot with her nagging leaves you with a laugh. 
Verdict: For those who appreciate Chaplin and silent comedy will find them very fun, amusing and comedic to watch.
Rating: 8/10


IMDB Rating: 7.6/10


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