47. A Night in the Show (1915)

Essanay 1915-16

Film still for A Night in the Show


An elaboration of the Karno sketch 'A night at the English Music Hall' which had made Chaplin's name in the USA. He plays dual inebriate roles. Mr. Pest tries several theatre seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor. He is thrown out. In the lobby he pushes a fat lady into a fountain and returns to sit down by Edna. He then proceeds to interfere with the acts on stage. Mr. Rowdy, in the gallery, pours beer down on Mr. Pest and Edna. Mr Pest attacks patrons, flirts with a harem dancer, throws pies at some very bad singers, and douses a fire-eater and ultimately the audience.


Charles Chaplin (Mr Pest and Mr Rowdy)
Edna Purviance (Lady in the Stalls)
Charlotte Mineau (Lady in the Stalls)
Dee Lampton (The Mischievous Fat Boy)
Leo White (Man in Stalls and Conjuror)
Wesley Ruggles (Man in Gallery)
John Rand (Orchestra Conductor)
James T. Kelley (Musician and Singer)
Paddy McGuire (Musician)
May White (Fat Lady in Foyer/ Snake Charmer}
Bud Jamison (Edna's Husband /Singer)
Phyllis Allen (Lady in Audience)
Fred Goodwins (Gentleman in Audience)
Charles Insley (Gentleman in Audience)
Carrie Clark Ward (Woman in Audience)
Lawrence A.Bowes (Ticket Taker/ Spectator in Balcony)
Frank J.Coleman (Spectator)
George Cleethorpe (Spectator)
Filmed at:
The former Majestic Studio
20 November 1915
1735 ft
Other titles:
A Night at the Show, Charlie at the Show