25. His New Profession (1914)

Keystone 1914

Film still for His New Profession


A young man offers the poor Charlie a dollar to wheel his crippled uncle around in a bath chair while he walks out with his girlfriend. Charlie wheels the uncle around unhappily until he hits on a plan to put a sign on the sleeping old man saying "help a cripple". He collects enough in a tin cup to go and get drunk. Meanwhile the couple have broken up and Charlie finds the girl and flirts with her, while kicking the old man's chair to the end of the jetty. Inevitably this results in a fight with the nephew, the girl, and two policemen, during which Charlie kicks the uncle out of the way again and steals off with the girl.


Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin (Charlie)
Minta Durfee (Woman)
Jess Dandy (Uncle)
Charles Parrott [Charley Chase]
Cecile Arnold (Girl)
Harry McCoy (Policeman) Gene Marsh (Nephew's girl friend) Roscoe Arbuckle (Bartender)
William Hauber (Cop)
Glen Cavender (Drinker/Cripple)
Charlie Murray (Drinker)
Vivian Edwards (Nurse)
Shooting days:
August 3 - August 8
Negative sent from LA:
August 14
Received in New York:
August 20
August 31 1914
Keystone working title:
The Rolling Chair
Other titles:
The Good-For-Nothing, Helping Himself