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  Mack Swain (left), Roscoe Arbuckle,
Charles Chaplin and Edgar Kennedy.
Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
The Knockout
Also known as The Pugilist, Charlie’s Big Fight and Counted Out in the USA; Charlot et Fatty dans le ring in France : {The Knock-Out}
(1914) American
B&W : Two reels
Directed by Mack Sennett

Cast: Roscoe Arbuckle [Pug], Minta Durfee [his girl], Al St. John [the would-be lover], Edgar Kennedy [‘Cyclone’ Flynn], Mack Swain [the heavy better], Charles Chaplin [the referee], [?] ? [Flynn’s sidekick], [?] Hank Mann? [the eye-patch tramp], [?] William Hauber or Grover Ligon? [his cigar-smoking ‘manager’], Mack Sennett [a man outside the fight venue with the heavy better], George Summerville (Slim Summerville) [a fight spectator in the second row], [?] Harry McCoy? [the piano player at the society party]?, [?] Joe Bordeaux (Joe Bordeau)?, [?] Edward Cline (Eddie Cline)?, [?] Alice Howell?, [?] Charles Parrott (Charley Chase)?, Luke the dog

The Keystone Film Company production; distributed by Mutual Film Corporation. / Produced by Mack Sennett. Scenario by Charles Chaplin. / No copyright registration. Released 11 June 1914. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Working title: Fighting Demon. [?] Completed or shipped? on 29 May 1914. The film was reedited and rereleased in the USA as The Pugilist by W.H. Productions Company in 1918. The film was rereleased in the USA as Counted Out by Maco Comedies. The film was distributed to the 16mm home market as Charlie’s Big Fight by Empire Safety Film Company.


Survival status: Prints exist in private film collections [16mm reduction positives, 8mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Animals: Dogs - Athletes: Boxers - Bricks - Calling cards - Chases - Cross-dressing - Crowds - Fights - Gambling - Law: Enforcement: Police: Keystone Kops, Policemen - Mailmen - Piers - Pies - Signage - Sports: Boxing: Boxing rings, Gloves - Street Scenes - Tobacco: Cigarettes - Water: Oceans, Troughs - Weapons: Guns

Listing updated: 29 January 2015.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Edmonds-Arbuckle p. 251; Jacobs-Chaplin pp. 30, 135; Kerr-Silent pp. 61-62, 63; Lahue-Kops p. 146; Lahue-Mack p. 295 : ClasIm-221 p. 42.

Home video: DVD.

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