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5. A Film Johnnie (1914)

Keystone 1914

Film still for A Film Johnnie

A Film Johnnie was restored at the bfi National Film and Television Archive. Read the full Restoration Case Study and Restoration Report.


Charlie is admiring the young ladies in the cinema posters and decides to go in but is thrown out when he reacts with inappropriate emotion to the films. Noting the name on the poster, he goes to the Keystone studio where he compares his large but empty trousers with Arbuckle's straining waistband. Chaplin cadges a coin from him which is then neatly pocketed by Ford Sterling. Chaplin follows them into the studio where he causes mayhem again through a lack of understanding of the filmmaking process. He gets into a similar fix when the company rush off to take advantage of a real fire to heighten the drama of their movie.


George Nichols
Craig Hutchinson
Charles Chaplin (The Film Johnnie)
Roscoe Arbuckle (Fatty)
Edgar Kennedy (Director)
Virginia Kirtley (The Keystone Girl)
Minta Durfee (Theatre patron)
Billy Gilbert (Theatre usher)
Mabel Normand (Mabel)
Ford Sterling (Ford)
Harry McCoy (Belligerent theatre patron)
Hank Mann (Stagehand)
Mack Sennett (Himself)
Frank Opperman (Theatre patron with moustache)
William Hauber (Theatre patron knocked over by Charlie)
George Nichols (Older man on screen).
Shooting days:
February 1 - February 6
Negative sent from LA:
February 11
Received in New York:
February 18
March 2 1914
1020 ft
Keystone working title:
A Movie Bug
Other titles:
The Movie Nut, His Million Dollar Job, Charlie at the Studio, Charlie the Actor