||Charles Chaplin (left), Mabel Normand
and Harry McCoy.
Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
Caught in a Cabaret
Also known as The Jazz Waiter in the USA; Charlot garçon de café in France : [Faking with Society]
B&W : Two reels
Directed by Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand
Cast: Charles Chaplin [a waiter posing as Baron Dogbugle, Prime Minister of Greenland], Mabel Normand [the society debutant], Harry McCoy [Count Rendered / Doubleboss, her suitor], Joseph Swickard (Josef Swickard) [?] [her father]?, Alice Davenport [her mother], Edgar Kennedy [the restaurant owner], Chester Conklin [the singing waiter], Mack Swain [the tophatted man in the park; garden party guest], Gordon Griffith [the boy in the park], Phyllis Allen [the tall restaurant singer], Minta Durfee [?] [the bored restaurant singer]?, Hank Mann [the would-be mugger [?] and the garden party singer?], Al St. John [the garden party guitarist], Alice Howell, Wallace MacDonald, [?] ? [the arrogant restaurant patron], [?] ? [the butler], [?] ? [the piano player], [?] ? [the footman], [?] ? [the garden party waiter]?, [?] ? [the restaurant bartender]
The Keystone Film Company production; distributed by Mutual Film Corporation. / Produced by Mack Sennett. Scenario by Charles Chaplin. Cinematography by Frank D. Williams. / No copyright registration. Released 27 April 1914. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Working title: The Waiter. [?] Completed or shipped? on 11 April 1914. The film was reedited and rereleased in the USA as The Jazz Waiter by W.H. Productions Company in 1918. In some prints Chaplin’s business card reads “O.T. Axle, ambassador for Greece.”
Survival status: Prints exist in private film collections [16mm reduction positives, 8mm reduction positives].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Alcohol - Animals: Dogs - Butlers - Counts - Criminals: Thieves - Impersonation - Impostors - Imposture - Parks - Parties (Garden, Slumming) - Restaurants: Waiters - Rich people - Suitors - Weapons: Guns
Listing updated: 21 March 2012.
References: Film viewing : Bardèche-History p. 85; Fussell-Normand p. 257; Jacobs-Chaplin p. 135; Lahue-Kops pp. 145-146; Lahue-Mack p. 295; Lahue-World p. 177; Sklar-Movie p. 112; Spehr-American p. 444.
Home video: DVD.