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A Burlesque on Carmen (1915)

A gypsy seductress is sent to sway a goofy officer to allow a smuggling run.

Directors:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited), Leo White (uncredited)

Writer:

Prosper Mérimée (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Officer Darn Hosiery (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... Carmen - the Gypsy
Ben Turpin ... Remendados - The Smuggler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Sellers ... Narrator 1951 UK Sound Version
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Storyline

This is a parody of two "Carmen"s, Bizet's opera and a movie (1915) starring Geraldine Farrar. Smugglers come ashore. Their leader sends the gypsy Carmen to lure Don Jose (called Darn Hosiery) away so they can get the contraband to town. There are grand swordfights, deaths, returns to life. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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YOU'LL SHAKE! SHIVER! SHOUT WITH LAUGHTER!

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Short | Comedy

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carmen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(re-release) | (original) | (2014 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Chaplin's two-reel version of this film, his final release for the Essanay Company, premiered in December 1915. After Chaplin left the studio, Essanay expanded the film, adding new scenes with Ben Turpin and Wesley Ruggles as gypsies, reinserting outtakes Chaplin had discarded and even splicing in multiple takes of scenes already included. Essanay's four-reel "feature" was released in April 1916. Chaplin was furious and filed a lawsuit against his former employers, but Essanay won the case in court. Prints of Essanay's version circulated for decades. In the 1990s an approximation of Chaplin's original version was at long last reconstructed by Kino Video. See more »

Goofs

After Hosiery plucks the banknotes from Pastia, the latter is seen walking away with at least one note left behind his sash, but when he returns to his group it is gone. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions of this short film exist:
  • The 2 reels version (The Chaplin version) - It runs 31 minutes, released in December 1915.
  • The 4 reels version (The Essanay version) - It runs 44 minutes, released on April 1916. New scenes were added with Ben Turpin in a supporting role.
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Version of Carmen (1983) See more »

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A military Charlie
10 January 2016 | by guisreisSee all my reviews

Although it is hard to follow the story of Carmen opera in this spoof (it is quite confusing), that is a very funny short from genius Charles Chaplin. Charlie does not play his tramp here, but a military called Darn Hosiery, a tramp-like version of Don José. There are numerous hilarious situations, making the fans not to miss the little tramp. Chaplin's slapstick is brilliant as usual. Just imagine comedian like Chaplin with military costumes, weapons, and making their gestures... It is as if the comedian were in an amusing park! The fencing (judo?!) scene is excellent! Intertitles make as laugh a lot too. Edna Purviance had one of her best performances in my opinion, as Carmen. Great end!


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